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Defying the authority of their bishop, parishioners and their priest from the closed St. Peter Catholic Church in downtown Cleveland celebrated Mass Sunday in leased commercial space they transformed into a church independent of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese.
The move by the new Community of St. Peter puts members in danger of excommunication because they had been warned by Bishop Richard Lennon, who shuttered St. Peter’s in April, not to hold worship services in places without his approval.
Originally posted by EnglishKing
Excommunication still happens? Wow I thought that was a thing of the medieval ages
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Parishioners, priest from closed St. Peter Catholic Church defy bishop, celebrate Mass in new home
RULES of the Catholic Church - lay people can't celebrate the Mass without an ordained priest. He must be the one to do the consecration of the Eucharist. the priest must also be in obedience to the bishop. If the bishop says 'no' and the priest does it anyways .. it could be an illicit mass.
Originally posted by kozmo
It's a business and they are not going to tolerate people "Bootlegging" God without the proper tithing - which is EXACTLY why I left the church. I don't need a church sanctioned building to worship and praise. My faith and my spirituality are between me and my Maker - not some money grubbing priest.