Help Faithful Catholics Overcome Diocesan Efforts to Quash Them
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The Saint Benedict Center is a small community of faithful Catholics in rural New Hampshire. At a time of so many changes and problems in the Church, the Center has been an oasis of Catholic fidelity and stability. For many years it has attracted worshipers from all over New England with the beautiful liturgy of the Traditional Latin Mass.
Its primary and secondary school --- Immaculate Heart of Mary School --- provides a solid formation and a classical curriculum that is affordable to parents.
The Saint Benedict Center's apostolate includes book selling, lectures, a radio program, and the publication of scholarly and devotional articles on its website.
For twelve years, the Saint Benedict Center has sought, in good faith and in full cooperation, official recognition from the Church. In an era when so many Catholics are abandoning the Faith, one would think that Church leaders would eagerly embrace a group which is drawing people to the Catholic Faith, and which is bringing back others who had left. Instead, the Diocese of Manchester has imposed, most unjustly, draconian sanctions upon the Center.
The Diocese has withdrawn their priest, forbidden the celebration of Mass or the administration of the sacraments at the Center, and ordered Catholics not to support the Center financially or to send their children to its school.
Members of the Saint Benedict Center have been prohibited from teaching, publishing, soliciting funds, or even speaking out in their own defense. That is where we, the "Friends of Saint Benedict Center," come in.
Catholics at the Center will need to engage canon lawyers to represent them and to argue their case before the highest tribunals of the Vatican in order to challenge this unjust decision and appeal to Rome for relief. To ensure that their rights are fully protected, they will also have to hire civil lawyers, and they will need public advocates to defend them from one-sided attacks in the liberal media.
All of this is time sensitive, highly specialized and yes, costly! The members of Saint Benedict Center are confident that they have a strong case! Currently, the Diocese of Manchester does not allow SBC members and employees to directly raise funds. However, I am able to ask, and I am doing so now. Please keep Saint Benedict Center in your prayers and send whatever financial assistance you can! Your help is urgently needed. Please make a donation today!
SAINT BENEDICT, PRAY FOR US!
On behalf of the Friends of Saint Benedict Center,
Tim Zignego, Chairman FOSBC