Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha has been forced to suppress the Intercessors of the Lamb, a formerly-Catholic association of the faithful in his archdiocese. After the group requested recognition as an official Catholic organization, the archbishop undertook a canonical visitation.
Some of the neighbors are glad for the suppression, and considered the group a cult.
Here is the video report by a local TV news station.
Here is the full statement by Archbishop Lucas (in PDF format).
An important corollary to this story is that forty-eight members of the community are acting in obedience to the Archbishop (I believe this number represents the entire community, but I am waiting for confirmation).
These forty-eight former members have, however, been left high-and-dry by the “Intercessors of the Lamb” and are now being cared for directly by the Archdiocese. Since they took a vow of poverty before entering the community, they have nothing to fall back on except our charity.
You can make a donation to help offset the costs of their basic needs through the Archdiocesan website here (which is being updated with new information).
I will update this story as more reliable information becomes available. In the meantime, please pray for the healing of all those involved, and especially for the former members of the community, and for understanding to develop between and the Archbishop.
And again, please contribute to the former members’ immediate materiel need, if you are able.