Ok, I’ve been in conversation with someone who does not follow your rhetoric on what’s going on with the ATN program. So I ask you; can you give us some facts that show the Archdiocese is NOT following Canon Law in their doings? It seems I’m smack in the middle of two differing viewpoints here… but I’m listening and trying to discern Gods plan in dealing with all this…
So anything factual you may offer up would be quite helpful… maybe a point by point bulletin of facts?
A Concerned Brother in Christ
Video plea to all priests of the Archdiocese first and foremost, as well of all lay Catholics:
Are you doing everything that God is calling you to do to be a saint?
Priests, we pray for you daily. We understand the spiritual attack that spiritual fatherhood, as well as fatherhood, is under. But are you listening to what God wants you to do, even if it is difficult for you?
“For the gifts and the call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29)
St. Joachim, pray for us!More
I wrote directly to both Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) and to a Bishop on the Board of CLI to ask for the measurable data that CLI speaks about on their website ( https://www.catholicleaders.org/) which supposedly shows an increase in both Mass attendance and collection plate at their “next generation parishes”. Two months later, there has been no response. Why won’t they share the data? Our Archbishop and the Bishop on CLI’s Board both believe that CLI should share this data. So Catholic Leadership Institute — SHOW US THE DATA!More
St. Clare cared about glorifying God and saving souls, and she relied fully and completely on God with true reverence for the Eucharist. Like St. Clare, we must rely on God’s plan, as opposed to man’s plan. God is infinitely merciful AND perfectly just. If there is anything in “All Things New” that doesn’t follow Church law or Church teaching, we will all be held accountable for not speaking up and pushing back against it. The timing of the completion of “All Things New” on Pentecost 2023 is tied to the timing of the wrap up of the “Synod on Synodality” in the Catholic Church. If the results of the German Synod on Synodality is a preview of what is coming, we should all be very concerned! Even Pope Francis has said the German Synod went too far. If you love Fr. Chris Martin, please urge him to follow Church law and Church teaching when making plans for “All Things New” so we don’t end up with draconian and irreparable changes to our archdiocese. More
Sometimes we like to share information from other Catholics who like us are seeking “accompaniment” and “journeying” with our Archbishop. These are notes from a recent meeting with the Archbishop at his residence.
All Things New Summary – Meeting with Archbishop Rozanski – July 20, 2022 On July 20, 2022, nine men and women from across the Archdiocese of St. Louis – the SOS (Salvation of Souls) Cenacle of Prayer were blessed to meet with our Shepherd, Archbishop Rozanski, for lunch and questions. We spent many hours before the meeting prayerfully and carefully preparing our questions. We spoke with many Priests, Deacons, and laity beforehand. Besides the SOS Cenacle of Prayer who came to lunch, Prayer Warriors covered Archbishop Rozanski and the nine of us in the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ before, during and after the July 20th meeting. We did not have time to review all the questions attached regarding All Things New (ATN), so we left him a written copy and requested that Archbishop Rozanski reply (no response as of July 28, 2022).
We expressed concern regarding the lack of clarity, lack of transparency and lack of participation in the most sweeping changes in our almost 200-year history.
We asked him to move up the Listening sessions (scheduled for Fall) so we could participate before decision-making, his response was “No.”
We asked him to consider a gradual, phased-in approach over several years as was done in Albany, his response was “No.”
He would not agree to publish the names of the 5 parishioners at each of our parishes who were chosen to lead the ATN initiative (some Pastors have refused to share their names).
We are hopeful and grateful because Archbishop Rozanski listened and has said: “Be fearless in living out the faith, it’s the greatest example we can give.” We are hopeful because you too may be courageous and stand up for your faith and Save God’s Churches, our Sacred Refuges. Will you be fearless, join us and step away from the crowd like Veronica?
Action Plan for Prayer and Discernment – Jesus Makes All Things New
Pray and fast and sacrifice for our Beloved Priests to be Priest Adorers;
Pray and fast and sacrifice for our Seminarians and all those discerning vocations;
Ask our Shepherds to speak the truth about ATN;
Ask our Shepherds to identify key performance metrics being used to decide which parishes will be closed based upon their lack of “vibrancy”
a. Archbishop Rozanski did NOT identify any performance metrics during our meeting;
Initiate/participate in Rosary Processions and Eucharistic Processions
a. Archbishop Rozanski did NOT respond during our meeting when we asked him to lead 3 Eucharistic Processions; and
Participate in the Listening Sessions.
Resources for Additional Information: All Things New – https://allthingsnew.archstl.org STL Catholics – STLCatholics.org – Ken Battis Save Rome of the West – SaveRomeoftheWest.com – Jason Bolte Church Militant STL – email@example.com – Jim Murphy
“My Children, I am here in your midst with all the Angels and Saints of Heaven to unite Myself to you in prayer and in penance for the triumph of the Church, for the salvation of souls and for the conversion of sinners” (Madonna of Roses – May 15, 1970)
Everyone should watch the 2015 movie “Spotlight” about the investigative journalists who uncovered the 2002 Catholic Church abuse scandal in Boston. Twenty years later, these things are STILL going on in our Church. In the movie, some of the journalists/newspaper staff realize they have been part of the problem by enabling the Chancery and the Catholic hierarchy to do whatever they wanted against the law and against Church law. And who was the American Catholic Church leader who ran to be in front of the cameras and said that it was never going to happen again? Cardinal McCarrick, who has since been fully laicized because of his own sexual abuse problems. Ex-Cardinal McCarrick is who Archbishop Rozanski has brought to safe harbor in the St. Louis Archdiocese. Here’s a link to “Spotlight” through Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/Spotlight-Michael-Keaton/dp/B07RT83PXDMore
In Springfield, Massachusetts, under Bishop Rozanski, there were likely Canon Law violations regarding demolishing a church a few days before Christmas. The application to the city for demolition was only for the removal of the “dangerous” bell tower, yet the entire church was demolished! You can watch the entire story here: https://vimeo.com/492691158More
How will we know if the Archdiocese and the Archbishop are following Canon Law during the All Things New process? Let’s look at Sts. Mary and Joseph Church that was put on the real estate market in 2021 for around $1,000,000. Make sure to read the documents below. The Archdiocese didn’t issue a Canonical Decree until after notifications and questions from the laity, (basically after the fact), which was then published in the April 4-10, 2022 issue of St. Louis Review, but saying it takes effect on March 7, 2022! You must issue the Canonical Decree BEFORE you even put it on the market.More
On this Memorial of St. John Vianney, patron saint of our priests, the question of authority comes to mind. St. Peter is the first one to recognize Jesus as the Christ. This revelation was given to him by God the Father. Yet, St. Peter then started thinking like man, not God, by rebuking Jesus. Will All Things New follow the authority of the Church as stated in Canon Law as well as the Holy Spirit or is it just man’s plan? One of the comments we got from the last video asked for more Canon Law examples. A more thorough video on that is coming out soon.More
Will we be allowed to have a listening session or dialogue with church leaders PRIOR to the rolling out the final plan? Or are we stuck with the 5-week session at the END of the plan, that seem to be set up to make us feel like we were heard. Going forward, let’s look at Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cincinnati. What happened after they implemented these plans in their dioceses? It is up to us to ask these questions and seek the answers, to be informed, and speak up!More
What will the criteria be for closing parishes due to “All Things New”? Will the Archdiocese compare the same criteria for each parish across the entire Archdiocese? Why aren’t they being transparent about this? Also, what are these Archdiocesan guidelines such as how full Mass attendance must be (50% or better), and how often a priest can celebrate Mass (once a day only) based upon? More
Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) has a track record of working with East Coast dioceses who are in dire financial situations due to the sexual abuse crisis and/or financial scandals. Before you cheerlead for the most sweeping changes in our Archdiocesan history, ask the leadership to show the evidence that St. Louis needs this model. We are not in bankruptcy, we do not have a priest shortage yet, and as far as we know, we don’t have a ton of sexual abuse cases. So simply put: why are we doing this??More
Sometimes we like to share information from other Catholics who like us are seeking “accompaniment” and “journeying” with our Archbishop. These are notes from a recent meeting with the Archbishop at his residence.More
We are NOT grieving the past or grieving change. We are talking about the present. We want to know what the Holy Spirit is telling you, Archbishop Rozanski, today regarding the closures of our churches and taking canonical rights away from our priests and our parishes. We want to know your “Unifying Vision” and that it comes from the Holy Spirit and it aligns with the Catholic faith. We want to hear it from you! Not from a slick consulting company or your hirelings.More
Join us tomorrow Friday July 29th at 9:30 am for a Rosary at the Archbishop’s Residence, 4510 Lindell Boulevard, SW corner of Lindell and N. Taylor; park free catty-corner on surface lot at NE corner. We will dedicate one Hail Mary for each parish in the Archdiocese, as well as pray for Archbishop Rozanski and all Archdiocesan leaders.More
Planning Areas seem to be a Catholic version of what gerrymandering is in politics. Your parish is compared to a group of parishes that they selected, not necessarily based on location or proximity. The decision to close or keep parishes is then being based upon certain data points. The problem is that these decisions could be based on different data points for every planning area! This allows them to cherry-pick which parishes to keep or close. It’s time to ask your parish priest and those 3-7 parishioners on the All Things New committee to share ALL the data from your parish, as well as to ask for ALL the data for the ENTIRE archdiocese. What do they have to hide? We are the Catholic faithful.More
After dealing with the Catholic Bishops for over 30 years, Ken Battis is in the unique position of having insight into how past abuses of power are playing into the plans for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
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9 responses to “VIDEO: 30 Years of Experience Dealing with Bishops Gives Insight into “All Things New””
Why do we need Consutants? Information about problems in the Church are well known to most of us for a long time.
Let’s do what needs to be done then we can change the name from “All Things New” to “all Things True”:
Thank you Ken. I agree wholeheartedly that it is a wrong move to trust outsiders, not necessarily believers,as we did in the treatment of fallen priests. When priests were found out they were sent to psychiatry for healing instead of going to God for the answers.
The movie “Hunger Games” pitted groups against one another keeping the majority of the people in poverty and distress while the small group of Elite had elaborate parties while watching the groups fight one another. Are we facing a Catholic version of the same with All Things New?More
We heard from the Archdiocese that there was going to be a lot of listening sessions with “All Things New”. So far, there have been NONE. And only 5 weeks of listening sessions are scheduled for 178 Parishes, with facilitators overseeing them all. The Archbishop, Bishop and Vicar of Strategic Planning will only be able to attend very few or none. And the listening sessions are slotted at the END of the planning, so this feedback will most likely not be considered at all.More
The “Families of Parishes” concept which has been introduced in the last 10-15 years in other dioceses across the United States who have needed cash to pay for their sexual abuse crises has no basis in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, or any Catholic teaching. And guess what? They didn’t even work!More