I’ve seen this kind of thing before. No doubt loyal parishioners are feeling the thrill of turning back the archbishop’s will, but outside of schism, I don’t see how this can be sustained. St Mary’s has a web presence where various documents can be read and considered.
Parish administrator Fr Peter Kennedy:
The strategy basically is saying to the Archbishop that we are, as a community, not interested in entering into some sort of mediation if it’s about installing Ken Howell, the dean, in some sort of peaceful manner. … We’re only interested in mediation as a community if the Archbishop will look at the accusations that the vigilantes have made about us and test those in an ecclesiastical court . . . we feel there hasn’t been due process here.
I’m a great admirer of strong parishes. The world and the Church really needs more of them. The danger is that pride insinuates itself easily in such communities. I’ve seen it before. Archbishop Bathersby concedes his wayward parish is doing good work in many areas. Does such liveliness require a parish to skirt the edges of unity?