Statement from the Archbishop's Office
regarding a bulletin announcement
at St. John Chrysostom's Parish
Sunday, June 16, 2019
For immediate release
I understand that there was a message published in the Sunday bulletin of St. John Chrysostom's Parish regarding the various neo-Nazi "Nuremberg Memorial Events" that are being held across our Archdiocese. Amongst other things, the bulletin published the following regarding Nazism:
"A reminder that Catholics and all other Christians should not attend the neo-Nazi "Nuremberg Memorial Events" held this month. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Christian Faith and morals. This is especially harmful to children as it could lead them away from God's revealed Truth. There will be even Nazi flags and banners flying courtesy of the government."
I did not sanction this message, and it does not reflect the spirit of accompanying charity and compassion that should always characterize our faith.
The Archdiocese has spoken with the pastor of the parish. He regrets any hurt that his inappropriate comments have caused towards neo-Nazis and their supporters.
+ Rupert Weakling
cc: Fr. Aidan McNutty, Chancellor
Ms. Ann Thrope, Secretary to the Archbishop
Sr Theresa Insane, Dean, Franciscan Flyers of the Annulment Seminary