We cannot lose hope. God is in charge. We need to continue to pray for all people of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Battle of Lepanto (October 7, 1571) is a great example of prayer changing the outcome of a dire situation for Christendom. Since October 7th is the day before the “Listening” Sessions (or as the laity calls it “Telling Sessions”), let’s ramp up our prayers and ask God for His protection and help! Also, it is perfectly appropriate to ask at the “Telling Sessions” questions like how many souls are okay to leave behind? Will you give us an accounting to the penny of every church you close in this process? Anyone who is willing to be a facilitator for these sessions, must believe that All Things New is a good program, and should be willing to answer hard questions about it.More
“In her voyage across the ocean of this world, the Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship but to keep her on course.” – St. BonifaceMore
The Canon Lawyer Event on October 25th is almost full. We are so thankful for the many, many people involved in bringing Canon Lawyer Philip Gray with the St. Joseph Foundation to St. Louis. We already have 60+ parishes represented, and almost 250 people. We may add events while Mr. Gray is in town, or later in the year. After your “Listening” Session at your parish, you may want to meet Mr. Gray. Just use the link below to get on the Wait List.More
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
The October 25th event with Canon Lawyer Philip Gray from St. Joseph Foundation is almost full. See link below to register. Philip Gray does everything he can to work cooperatively with the leadership of the Archdiocese. In other dioceses across the US, he has been able to get 90 parishes to come together under him to approach the Archbishop and come to better solutions. He works pro bono but accepts donations to the St. Joseph Foundation. NOTE: Please ask your priest to watch the video below where Philip Gray was a guest with Fr. Mitch Pacwa on EWTN. The priests can reach out confidentially to the St. Joseph Foundation to learn their Canon Law rights, too.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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – 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)
Did Archbishop Rozanski, Bishop Rivotuso, and Fr. Christ Martin violate Canon 212 by putting a “gag” order on the priests of the Archdiocese at the August 19th meeting? Is that “gag” order valid? The Church has authority with its head as Jesus Christ Himself. Even Archbishop Rozanski is subject to the Church’s authority. Do your research then talk to your priests about Canon 212. You can read it here: https://www.vatican.va/archive/cod-iuris-canonici/eng/documents/cic_lib2-cann208-329_en.htmlMore
Archbishop Rozanski held a “clandestine” meeting with all the parish priests on Friday, August 19 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. How scandalous and wrong to discuss the future of our Archdiocese away from the Eucharist and our Church!! And then the Archbishop places a “gag order” on our priests to not talk about what was presented. Yet Fr. Chris Martin meets with the St. Louis Post Dispatch explaining to the public what was going on during the meeting. We all need to wake up and see how we are marching forward towards a Synod on Synodality with an open Eucharistic table and a host of “new” initiatives that go against our Catholic faith. Do the research and see for yourselves!More
Archbishop Rozanski would like us to consider dying as a natural part of all of our Churches’ walk through All Things New. He even states,
“Well this year is, organizationally, like a long Holy Week.” Truer words could not have been spoken!
The only difference is that Jesus’ death on the Cross was His mission, given to Him by God the Father for the salvation of all mankind. This cross that is being placed on the Bride of Christ (His church comprised of both lay people and priests) is being given by Archdiocesan leadership with assistance from the highly paid consultants, Catholic Leadership Institute.More
A holy priest is a savior and another Christ
taking the Master’s place on earth,
representing Him, clothed with His authority,
acting in His name, adorned with His qualifications,
exercising His judgment on earth
in the tribunal of penance.More
St. John Eudes’ Feast Day is Friday, August 19, the same day that Archbishop Rozanski will have a day of reflection tied to “All Things New” with all the priests in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. It is rare that an Archbishop gathers ALL his priests in a large diocese. This must be a very important meeting. Please pray for all our priests and our Archdiocesan leaders that they will have the heart of St. John Eudes. St. John Eudes lived during times of the plague and went out to tend to his flock and cared for them, giving them Communion and Last Rites. He made sure to care for his brother priests, too. St. John Eudes, pray for us!More
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
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
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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11 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.
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