Support Fr. Altier

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Traditional priest gains support

UPI Religion Spirituality Forum

ANAHEIM, July 10 (UPI) — Concerned Roman Catholics of America Inc. is rallying support for a priest whose conservative message doesn't sit well with his boss.

Father Robert Altier of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis was told by Archbishop Harry Flynn to cancel his lay-run Web site after it posted objections to the archdiocese's mandatory "child safety" program, which many Catholic parents say molests their children's innocence in the name of warning them about sex abuse.

"We are asking all loyal Catholics to visit our Website at crcoa.com right away and sign our online petition in defense of a good priest who has been unfairly silenced," said Kenneth M. Fisher, founder and chairman of Concerned Roman Catholics of America.

Fisher, who said his group backs historic Catholic teaching and practices and opposes attempts to undermine them, also noted that Altier brought up the rights of parents as the primary educators and protectors of their children in a recent sermon.

"These are rights that the church has always affirmed as God-given and never to be infringed by anyone. So our defense of Fr. Altier is also a wider defense of the Church's inviolable teachings," said Fisher.

He said Flynn has removed Altier from his duties at St. Agnes Parish and made him assistant to an elderly priest at a rest home. The archbishop, said Fisher, also reassigned clergy defenders of Altier, including St. Agnes's longtime pastor and another priest who spoke up.

"Archbishop Flynn has punished these good priests but left other priests free to contradict the Church's teachings," said Fisher. "We are asking that he rescind his order that silenced Fr. Altier, especially now that more priests have spoken out against the immoral and indefensible 'child safety' program, and even more so now that the Archdiocese has made the program optional!"
Fisher wants signers of the online petition to know that his group plans to take copies to the Vatican's Apostolic Delegate in Washington, D.C., and to the Vatican itself.

He said that everyone who wants to sign the petition in support of Fr. Altier can do so by simply going to www.crcoa.com and following the easy instructions there.

"Loyal Catholics," added Fisher, "may also obtain from us written copies of the petition that they can circulate themselves and then return to us for tallying. Just mail them back to us at: CRCOA, P.O. Box 8095, Anaheim, CA 92812-8095."

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