I feel compelled to write a letter to a religious who is the Parish Life coordinator at a parish which has no priest assigned to it. After the service described in the letter I had a nice chat with the priest who presided at mass; he said that, although the bulletin lists him as Sacramental Minister, he is not assigned to the parish and disavowed any responsibility for or control over the announcements (although he was sympathetic to the one in question). This is the first time I've written such a letter, and would appreciate feedback before I send it.
Dear Sister XXX,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I was privileged to attend mass at St. XXX last Sunday morning, and appreciate the warm greeting you gave me after the service. I did enjoy my time in YYY.
I am, however, disturbed at the first announcement at the end of mass, which promoted Roy Bourgeois's talk in (a nearby city) that afternoon, characterized advocacy of a female priesthood as a matter of gender equality, and implicitly criticized the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for exercising its legitimate authority in removing him from the clerical state.
That the Church has no authority to confer priestly ordination on women is a teaching of the ordinary universal Magesterium, and that teaching was made definitive by Blessed Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. Catholics are obligated to adhere to this teaching by the obedience of faith, and are not free to either teach against it or to advocate the contrary position. To promote Mr. Bourgeois's appearance gives scandal.
In the announcement you said that we are not permitted to even speak about the ordination of women. I have never head this before; could you please provide me a reference to any official document from either the Bishop of your Diocese, or some other authoritative agent of the Church, which says that? No merely that we can't advocate it (as we can't advocate, for example, murder), but that we can't even speak of it (as we can speak of murder). I've spent some time trying to find such a document, without success.
I assure you of my prayers for you, thank you for whatever consideration you can give to my questions, and remain
Yours in Christ,
Thanks in advance for any suggestions. I suspect that I'll end up forwarding it to the Bishop, along with any response.