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November 15, 2005

Diocese official resigns

From the Colorado Springs Gazette

An official with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs who angered many with a column suggesting Catholics should not attend Protestant worship services has resigned.

Peter Howard, executive assistant to Bishop Michael Sheridan, resigned Oct. 31, three weeks after his column in the Colorado Catholic Herald riled Christians of various denominations.

In the column, Howard said Catholics should not participate in liturgical Protestant services because of the theological differences between Protestantism and Catholicism.

“Such ‘active participation’ in a Protestant liturgical service, therefore, acts contrary to our faith which professes fundamentally different beliefs in critical ecclesiological and theological areas,” Howard wrote.

Howard, who served as the diocese’s spokesman, could not be reached for comment Monday.

The column upset some Catholics — a number of whom attend Protestant and Catholic services. New Life Church, Colorado Springs’ largest congregation, is said to attract thousands of Catholics.

Sheridan was dismayed over Howard’s comments and on Oct. 20 apologized on behalf of the diocese.

Sheridan is attending U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops’ meetings in Washington, D.C., this week and could not be reached for comment.

Also last month, another prominent diocesan official, the Rev. Karl Useldinger, resigned. Useldinger had been the diocese’s judicial vicar and chancellor. Useldinger publicly disagreed with Howard on the subject of Catholics attending Protestant services and resigned shortly thereafter.

1 Comments:

Blogger Jimmy the Hand said...

As one who lives in Colorado Springs, I find this entire saga extremely disappointing. I suspect that this is another case of the tail (priests/liberals) wagging the dog (Bishop).

November 15, 2005 8:07 AM  

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