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Mass for Liberal Believers Angers Archbishop

Saying there were significant abuses at a mass held Sunday by liberal Catholics, Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron will commission a “careful and thorough review” of the services led by a local Catholic priest, a church spokesman said.

Defying Vigneron’s orders, the Rev. Bob Wurm, 78, a retired Catholic priest from Ferndale, presided over a mass at Cobo Center attended by about 1,500 Catholics. Most of them were liberals seeking to reform the church.

They were in Detroit for a conference led by the American Catholic Council, an umbrella group of 30 liberal Catholic organizations.

In a stern letter sent to clergy before the conference, Vigneron said that any priest or deacon who took part in the planned mass could face punishment and be defrocked. He said the conference would feature speakers who contradict Catholic doctrine and would not conduct a proper mass.

But that didn’t stop Wurm from leading the mass. And dozens of additional Catholic priests from metro Detroit attended.

“There were several, serious liturgical abuses at that service,” said Ned McGrath, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Detroit. “There will be — has to be — a careful and thorough review.”

It’s too early to say what exact punishment Wurm might face, McGrath said…

The above and more here.

Unacceptable behaviour by rebellious, derisive Church folk…

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