Help Faithful Catholics Overcome Diocese Efforts to Quash Them
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Saint Benedict Center, a small community of Catholic faithful in rural New Hampshire, has been unjustly deprived of its ability to provide for its spiritual and material necessities by the Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester. The Center and its School, known for educating Catholic children very inexpensively, are threatened with closure. Your contribution will enable the community to hire the civil and canon lawyers required to plead their case through all Church channels and to fight properly the unjust decree of the local bishop.
On January 7, 2019, the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, imposed numerous “precepts” or commands upon the members of Saint Benedict Center, who had been working in good faith and in full cooperation with the Diocese for the last twelve years. Aside from being deprived of a priest and much of their Catholic community life as a direct result of this decree, the community’s financial survival has been targeted by the Diocese. This is because all the community's independent means of traditional support have been expressly barred by the Diocese, including soliciting donations and selling Catholic books and multimedia products to help the Catholic faithful grow in authentic faith and divine love.
Threatened also are their print and electronic publishing efforts, as well as their online broadcasting apostolate, all of which have brought many people to the Catholic Church and fallen-away Catholics back to the sacraments.
The school that the community runs, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, will be shut down if this decree is not overturned. This school currently provides a solid education and faith formation to over fifty students, several of whom come from needy families that cannot afford an average Catholic school tuition. Nor do they want to send their children to public schools in the area, where indoctrination in unnatural sexual immorality is common teaching practice. According to the Bishop, the school cannot solicit donations from its benefactors to support the education of these children. This is putting Catholic families in the area in a terrible position and is completely unfair to the students.
The legal case needs to be made first through the official legal channels in the Catholic Church so that justice may prevail.
The members of Saint Benedict Center, the staff of Immaculate Heart of Mary School, and employees of the SBC publishing arm therefore are seeking due process in the Church by appealing the case to the Vatican. This kind of effort requires obtaining expert civil and canon lawyers, including specialists in Europe who are qualified to represent the faithful appellants in the Vatican. The procedures are time-sensitive, highly specialized, and costly.
The members of Saint Benedict Center are confident that their case is a strong one. With your good help, they pray and work hard to continue their core mission and obtain relief.
Tim Zignego, on behalf of the Friends of Saint Benedict Center