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Longtime peace activist removed from ministry after concelebrating Mass with woman priest
NC Reporter ^ | March 28, 2014 | Brian Roewe

Posted on 03/29/2014 5:21:34 AM PDT by NYer

A longtime peace and human rights activist arrested countless times, Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada has been removed from public ministry for concelebrating Mass with a woman priest in 2011.

The letter removing the 76-year-old's public priestly faculties -- a copy of which NCR obtained March 21 -- came from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which reviewed documentation related to the Nov. 22, 2011, liturgy Zawada concelebrated with Roman Catholic Womanpriest Janice Sevre-Duszynska.

"Having carefully examined the acts of the case, and the vota of the former Minister General and the Rev. Zawada's Provincial Superior, this Dicastery has decided to impose on Rev. Jerome Zawada, OFM, a life of prayer and penance to be lived within the Queen of Peace Friary in Burlington, Wisconsin," the letter states.

In addition, Zawada cannot present himself in public as a priest or celebrate the sacraments publicly; however, he can concelebrate Mass with other friars at the friary and in private.

"I don't mind the prayer part," Zawada told NCR Monday, "but when they called, when they say that I need to be spending time in penance, well, I'm not going to do penance for my convictions and the convictions of so many others, too."

Fr. John Puodziunas, provincial minister of the Franciscan Friars of the Assumption BVM Province, said he has not yet discussed the letter with Zawada but plans to in the coming weeks. He confirmed the letter removes him from his public priestly ministry but said it hasn't been decided how it will restrict his movement outside the friary. At the same time, he said, "Friaries are not jails."

"I can't imagine us approaching it from a perspective that this would be, 'He's restricted, he cannot leave the friary' type of thing," Puodziunas told NCR. "I think the letter is pretty clear that he's not to act publicly as a priest, which he hasn't done in years anyway."

Zawada has not held a parish or chaplain assignment for years, Puodziunas added, and he agreed following the 2011 liturgy not to act publicly as a priest until the matter received clarity. In June, Zawada will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination.

Speaking from the Wisconsin friary, Zawada said the letter "sent me for a loop," even though he anticipated a response at some point. "But nothing has changed in terms of my own commitment and belief" concerning women's ordination, he said, adding that they have only deepened.

"I do feel strongly in support of women priests and married priests in the Catholic church," he said, adding that he felt compelled to be transparent with his views and that he has learned much from ministers of different denominations.

"I know that they don't think I observe obedience very well through these years, but I have to use my conscience. I have to listen to other people who also speak the voice of God," he said.

Despite receiving the letter from the doctrinal congregation, the still-pugnacious priest took comfort from the pope's supposed remarks in June to the Latin American Conference of Religious, that should such a dispatch come, "Do not worry. Explain whatever you have to explain, but move forward."

"Even Pope Francis told Latin American religious not to worry about the congregation. Well, why should I worry, then?" Zawada asked.

As for what he will do next, Zawada said he plans to take it step by step and would like to visit his family in Indiana during Holy Week. From there, he said he feels "a strong hunger" toward migrants, prisoners and others on the bottom rung of the social ladder -- all groups he also considers "my family."

"Every single one of my dreams at night are dreams about living and sharing life with the poor, with people who are destitute, and I sense I have a strong calling for that," he said.

"I feel ready to move on," he said. "I want to move on and be able to take some risks. And I have to and I'm called to do so."

Zawada received his letter, dated Feb. 19, in early March through Puodziunas, who also sent him a letter. The Vatican letter is addressed to Franciscan Fr. Michael Anthony Perry, an American and the minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, and is signed by Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, an official with the doctrinal congregation.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Worship
KEYWORDS: discipline; jerryzawada; popefrancis; romancatholicism

1 posted on 03/29/2014 5:21:34 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...
This is reminiscent of a similar priest, Fr. Callan, pastor of Corpus Christi in Rochester, NY. As some of you may recall,

During a Mass in 1987, Fr. Enrique Cadena spontaneously handed the chalice to pastoral associate Mary Ramerman and asked her to raise it while he elevated the host. Over time, the role of women leaders in the Mass grew, as having the chalice elevated by Mary or Sr. Margie became a regular part of our services, and more liturgical prayers were said by Mary Ramerman. In 1994 Mary was vested with an alb and a banner which hung from her right shoulder, as a sign of her ministry at Corpus Christi.

Fr. Callan did not comply with sanctions imposed and was later excommunicated.

The sad collapse of an apostate church

2 posted on 03/29/2014 5:22:38 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

The Catholic church is not a club, or a democracy. It is what it is, and if you don’t like the rules you can always become a Protestant, or if you prefer a heathen.


3 posted on 03/29/2014 5:28:44 AM PDT by jerod (Pro-Abortion Gun Control Freaks & Environmental Nuts who hated Capitalism? The Nazi's)
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To: jerod

Or a Christian.


4 posted on 03/29/2014 5:38:12 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: jerod
I am so sick of women wanting to "displace" a man.

A few years back, my granddaughter thought it was cool to play basketball with the boys when she was 10....then the boys grew.....and my granddaughter said...."You were right grandma....I am not their equal". And she joined the girls team.

Grandma was 10 once, too.

5 posted on 03/29/2014 5:40:02 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

God made us different. Each of us have different strengths and weaknesses.


6 posted on 03/29/2014 6:20:55 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: NYer

-— Roman Catholic Womanpriest -—

Is that one word or two? Anyway, ain’t no such thing.

Yes, the priest should follow his conscience, and if it’s pointing to the exit door, well...


7 posted on 03/29/2014 6:27:23 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: NYer

I know the church well. the bishop should have replaced him immediately. He ruined this wonderful church. I graduated for the school which was next door to the church. That was more than 50 years ago.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 8:04:44 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: NYer

Walk women into an abortion clinic...no excommunication
Support homosexual marriage...no excommunication
Have anything to do with women priests.....GONE!


9 posted on 03/29/2014 8:20:41 AM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: icwhatudo

I’ll take what I can get. Defending the integrity of the priesthood is arguably more important than those other issues — which is not to minimize them inthe least.


10 posted on 03/29/2014 8:38:12 AM PDT by Romulus
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To: driftdiver

If you’re any kind of Christian, thank the Catholic Church.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 8:40:24 AM PDT by Romulus
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To: Romulus

Eh?


12 posted on 03/29/2014 8:41:01 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: NYer

“But nothing has changed in terms of my own commitment and belief” concerning women’s ordination, he said, adding that they have only deepened.

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I know nothing about the Church’s rules regarding misconduct among clergy, but it seems that this guy is begging to be derocked.

This blasphemous Mass occurred in 2011, and this clown was not disciplined until 2014? What’s up with that?


13 posted on 03/29/2014 8:46:44 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Romulus

+1


14 posted on 03/29/2014 8:48:55 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: NYer
A longtime peace and human rights activist...

Translation: Apostate Communist.

15 posted on 03/29/2014 9:05:42 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: NYer

“I know that they don’t think I observe obedience very well through these years, but I have to use my conscience. I have to listen to other people who also speak the voice of God,” he said.


I guess it doesn’t bother his conscience that he broke the vow of obedience that he made at his ordination.


16 posted on 03/29/2014 9:13:33 AM PDT by rwa265
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To: driftdiver

You know or you should know that the very first Christians were Catholic and we are still Christian today.

Please ask God’s forgiveness for your calumny.


17 posted on 03/29/2014 9:35:23 AM PDT by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: Not gonna take it anymore

And the very first ‘pope’ rejected Jesus three times.

The first Christians were well Christian, followers of Christ

Anything else is prideful, please ask God’s forgiveness for your calumny and prideful ways.


18 posted on 03/29/2014 11:14:43 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

And Jesus forgave him and asked Peter to feed his sheep.

Please ask God’s forgiveness for your calumny and prideful ways.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 11:56:01 AM PDT by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: Not gonna take it anymore

I’ll pray for you too.


20 posted on 03/29/2014 12:50:24 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: NYer

There’s being under scrutiny, and then there’s after the scrutiny is done, where they tell you it’s time to retire.


21 posted on 03/29/2014 1:04:31 PM PDT by RichInOC (2013-14 Tiber Swim Team)
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To: driftdiver
Or a Christian.

Catholics were the only Christians for over one thousand five hundred years when the protestant revolution took place....that's a long time for you to accuse them of being in error....

22 posted on 03/29/2014 7:03:30 PM PDT by terycarl (common sense prevails over all else)
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To: terycarl

ummm yeah, try again


23 posted on 03/29/2014 7:11:35 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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