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    Tuesday, April 18, 2006

    Dan O'Connell Society has a new name: Defenders of Church Society

    Well, I only know what I read. I guess I don't know enough about this group
    to say one way or the other.. except

    It's up there that that crazy St. Joan of Arc Church is.


    David Pence believes that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is broken and that he and his followers have been called to fix it.

    On Tuesday night, the leader of a group of orthodox laymen called the Defenders of Church Society told about 150 people at a meeting in St. Paul that the archdiocese is violating canon law by tolerating sexual activity by gay and straight priests and covering up a gay subculture that Pence blames for the priest sex abuse scandal.

    During his impassioned two-hour speech, Pence asserted that "a fraternity of Catholic men" must confront church leaders about "a culture of deceit" that does not respect priestly celibacy and other church laws.

    2 hour speech.. that's always a questionable sign.

    McDonough called Pence's charges "dead wrong."

    "I am very versed in church law, and our approach to discipline is respected around the nation," he said. "The archdiocese expects every one of our priests to live his vows with integrity, and that includes vows of celibacy."

    "It is hardly a new insight to suggest that there are sinners in the clergy," he said. "When it happens, we address it."

    McDonough accused Pence of "skewering people's reputations and spreading the wildest of rumors on the Internet."

    "That, to me, is inexcusable," he said.

    Until recently, Pence's group called itself the Dan O'Connell Society.

    Here's a previous post that sounded a lot better.


    He said that he met with Pence and that the cases Pence raised had already been investigated and addressed. "I have a lot of real work to do, so rehashing old, already investigated matters is not worth a lot of my time," McDonough said.

    and a link re St Joan's up there...



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