Exchanges Between Rev. Samuel Waters and Msgr. Daniel Sullivan, Vicar for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia.
The Exchanges continue with a Letters between Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the letters between Fr. Waters and Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia representing Cardinal Muller, and the letter to Cardinal Beniamino Stella, Prefect for the Congregation of Clergy.
This is a thoughtful and forceful critical reply to Archbishop Charles Charles Chaput's letter of May 20, 2019. What every faithful Catholic must know is that the process of administrative laicization, without canonical due process, was instituted by Benedict/Ratzinger as a means to clear the books of former priests who had abandoned the ministry for a specified number of years and for whom moral certainty exists that they have no intention of ever returning. It cannot be used as it was by Chaput against Fr. Waters, denying his rights of canonical due process, as a weapon to destroy his priesthood because he defends Catholic dogma and Catholic immemorial traditions.
This letter also re-affirms Fr. Waters' arguments from his letter of April 24, 2019, taken from Benedict/Ratzinger, that the Faith itself has canonical rights and, in denying Fr. Waters canonical due process, Chaput also denied the canonical rights of the Faith itself. The implication of his unjust treatment of Fr. Waters is far more serious than Chaput ever expected.
This is canned unthinking response from Archbishop Charles Chaput. It is the typical reply expected from him, and apparently and unfortunately is the best he can do, which, he will someday learn is not good enough.
This letter was written to Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia after Bishop-emeritus Benedict/Ratzinger published his letter to the bishops of the world offering his unsolicited advice on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Benedict/Ratzinger’s advice regarding the sexual abuse crisis is worthless, however, his comments about the preservation and protection of the canonical rights of homosexual predators within the clergy, and, more importantly, his comments about the necessity of protecting the rights of the faith itself, have a direct bearing upon the nature of the sin that Archbishop Chaput has committed.
The purpose of this letter is twofold. Firstly, to remind Archbishop Chaput of the gross injustice and abuse of authority by illegally using the administrative process of laicization against Fr. Samuel Waters and denying his canonical rights entirely which is a grave sin. And secondly, what is a far graver sin, denying the right of the faith itself to canonical protection from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which was specifically requested by Fr. Waters. These rights are afforded to homosexual predators within the clergy but denied to a priest faithful to the revealed truth of God and the moral teachings of the Catholic Church.
This letter was written to Archbishop Chaput after he was criticized by his fellow bishops for attempting to impose within his diocese a policy prohibiting those Catholics living in an objective state of adultery from being publically admitted to the sacrament of Holy Communion. The argument offered by Archbishop Chaput appealed to the immutable doctrines of Catholic faith and the immemorial traditions of the Church. In short, he used the same arguments that were offered by Fr. Samuel Waters to him to explain and justify his actions in the defense of Catholic tradition. Fr. Waters arguments were dismissed by Chaput without any consideration whatsoever. Fr. Waters was therefore told by Archbishop Chaput that obedience is the only virtue the Church recognized and understands. Obviously, Fr. Waters does not expect any reply from Archbishop Chaput. What could he possibly say?
The occasion of this letter to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was a press conference by Pope Francis on November 30, 2015, in which the Pope discussed in detail the “disease” of Catholic “fundamentalism” which afflicts “many Catholics” who believe in “Absolute Truth.” This formal denial by Pope Francis of the existence of an “Absolute Truth” that can be known and communicated to others is the fundamental doctrine of the Novus Ordo Church. You might say it is the only ‘absolute truth’ they believe in. Cardinal Muller is called upon once again to either defend the Catholic Faith or condemn it. Pope Francis says Catholics who believe in “Absolute Truth,” to whom “God is lacking,” “must be combated” because they are a “bad thing.” This explains the animosity from the dioceses of Harrisburg and Philadelphia. They have, like Pope Francis, a problem with “Absolute Truth.”
This letter is self-explanatory in the facts addressed, but not so in the motive and method exercised by Cardinal Beniamino Stella, Prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, in union with Archbishop Charles Chaput, the ordinary of Philadelphia. It was sent, as all our letters, by certified mail. The letter was refused by Cardinal Stella, but the copy of the letter sent to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was gratefully accepted.
What should be understood by every reader is that the non-canonical administrative process of laicization was only adopted in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI exclusively as a process to address the status of clerics who had abandoned the clerical state, usually to marry, thus making it possible for them to return to the Church. It is impossible to laicize a priest who is in the active ministry of his priesthood without canonical due process. It is impossible to laicize a priest who is actively appealing questions of faith and morals directly to the definitive judgment of the Holy Father. This is apparently the reason why the Cardinal Stella refused to accept the letter from Rev. Fr. Samuel Waters. This fact of open, malicious, perverse abuse and corruption of legal rights and due process by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, with at least the silent cooperation of Cardinal Stella, is a grave matter that is manifestly incompatible with a state of grace.
Letter from Fr. Samuel Waters, a Roman Catholic priest, to Cardinal Beniamino Stella, Prefect for the Congregation of the Clergy. The letter was copied to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, March 25, 2015
This letter from Fr. Samuel Waters to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, concerns the failure of Archbishop J. Augustin DiNoia to address the matter that was delegated to him by Cardinal Muller. The letter incidentally addresses an interview given by Archbishop Guido Pozzo of the CDF in which he publicly says that the only unconditional requirement for members of the SSPX to be regularized with Rome is the 1989 Profession of Faith. The deficiencies with the 1989 Profession of Faith are specifically addressed with Cardinal Muller. He again is asked to address the charges of schism and heresy made by the Diocese of Harrisburg and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia against Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission and obtain a definitive declaration regarding the matter of Faith that have been placed before the Holy Father. Cardinal Muller is asked to take care of this matter himself, or if he should delegate it to a subordinate, that he do so to someone else other than Archbishop DiNoia who is clearly negligent in his responsibilities.
This letter was written by Rev. Fr. Samuel Waters to Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and copied to Archbishop J. Augustin DiNoia at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. The purpose of this letter is to inform Archbishop Chaput that a certified letter sent by his functionary, Msgr. Daniel Sullivan, the Vicar for Clergy, was being refused and returned to its sender because the sender no longer exercises any competency regarding Fr. Waters. Archbishop Chaput is directed to address any further communication regarding Fr. Waters to Archbishop DiNoia who now has the moral responsibility to bring the doctrinal and liturgical questions raised by Fr. Waters to the Holy Father for a definitive judgment.
Fr. Samuel Water's reply to J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. The Letter addresses Archbishop Di Noia's two points in detail. The first point explains that our appeal to the CDF is not a few days too late, rather the reply from the CDF to the Mission's Letters is 10 years too late. The second point exposes the "1989 Profession of Faith" with its novel addendum as a violation of the First Commandment. The letter concludes with repeating again our demand from the CDF to obtain an infallible judgment from the Holy Father on the doctrinal and liturgical positions of Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission.
Reply from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith to Fr. Samuel Waters written by Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P. The Letter makes two points: Firstly, the appeal of the "Decree of Excommunication" declared by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia arrived too late, therefore, tough luck; Secondly, the enclosure of the 1989 Profession of Faith with the documents from the CDF that support the novel article of "faith" that Catholics must submit the 'will and the mind' to the "Authentic Magisterium."
The Arguments Against the "Decree of Excommunication" declared by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia submitted by Fr. Samuel Waters to Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The cover letter from Fr. Samuel Waters to Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in which he submits his arguments against the malicious and vindictive "Decree of Excommunication" pronounced by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and petitions directly to the Holy Father for his definitive judgment, anchored upon the attribute of infallibility which Jesus Christ has endowed His Church, on the liturgical, doctrinal, canonical, and moral grounds that justify the actions of Fr. Waters.
A letter to Fr. Samuel Waters from Msgr. Daniel Sullivan at the direction of Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia in which the Archbishop declares his vindictive intention to begin "the process to seek... (Fr. Waters') dismissal from the clerical state." Why? Because Fr. Waters is faithful to Catholic doctrine and the immemorial ecclesiastical traditions of the Catholic Church. Msgr. Sullivan, whose predecessor in the office he now holds, Msgr. William Lynn, is currently in prison after his conviction for covering up for known pederasts. Consider, compare and contrast how Msgr. Lynn and the homosexual pederast priests he aided and abetted in the archdiocese of Philadelphia have been canonically treated over the last thirty years?
A letter from Fr. Samuel Waters to Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia in which he offers a more detailed objection to Archbishop Chaput’s “Decree.” This letter addresses in a brief summation the canonical, moral, doctrinal and liturgical problems with the action taken by the Archbishop.
A letter from Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia to Fr. Samuel Waters where he offers a minor objection to Fr. Waters’ last letter and requests that a reply should be made to him before any appeal regarding the Archbishop’s opinion is referred to Rome.
A letter to the Archbishop of Philadelphia regarding his "decree." The letter is harsh but the rebuke is well deserved. When this "decree" is seen in the actual context of its immoral and uncanonical denial of due process, done by a hierarchy preaching "religious liberty" and "ecumenism" who have overseen and protected homosexual predations of Catholic adolescent boys by numerous clerics and their facilitators for more than a generation, none of which have been denied due process or ever suffered any latae sententiae penalty, it is clear what kind of men we are dealing with.
This letter is a brief reply from Msgr. Daniel Sullivan to Fr. Samuel Waters' July 25 letter which includes the "decree" of Archbishop Charles Chaput declaring his canonical opinion, without judicial hearing, that a latae sententiae penalty has been incurred. The purpose of canon law is to discover truth. That is why due process was demanded by Fr. Waters and it is also the reason why due process was denied. What is clear from this exchange is that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is only interested in the raw exercise of blind ecclesiastical power, indifferent to truth or justice, that is ideologically driven.
This letter of Fr. Samuel Waters explains to Msgr. Daniel Sullivan the nature of latae sententiae penalties, the Catholic moral principle of a true and certain conscience, and reaffirms some of the doctrinal and liturgical first principles that form the foundation in the formation of our conscience.
Msgr. Daniel Sullivan again writes a threatening letter demanding compliance with demands on pain of incurring Latae Sententiae excommunication. The letter does not address a single substantive claim of Fr. Samuel Waters or Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission. Fr. Sullivan uses worn out arguments that have been thoroughly refuted by many traditional Catholic for many, many years.
Fr. Samuel Waters' reply to Msgr. Daniel Sullivan denying the charge of schism and explaining the doctrinal, liturgical, moral, and canonical grounds that constitute necessary attributes of our Catholic Faith and justify the violation of particular canonical norms. Msgr. Sullivan is invited to address these claims directly.
Msgr. Daniel J. Sullivan, Vicar for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, demanding that our pastor, Fr. Samuel Waters stop helping Ss. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Mission or face the threat of "excommunication." The reason offered by Fr. Sullivan is because the Mission he charges is "not in full communion with the Holy See," that is, he makes a charge of schism without evidence. This is nothing but parroting the same calumny bureaucratic functionaries from the Diocese of Harrisburg have made for years.