St. William Church Makes Archdiocese of Louisville a Laughingstock
1216 Mill Rd.
Woodstock, VA 22664
Ms. Sharan Benton
St. William Church
1226 West Oak St.
Louisville, KY 40210
Dear Ms. Benton,
I happened to visit your website and really enjoyed reading all the interesting
items. I am, however, still trying to figure out exactly what denomination
you are. I thought St. William was a Catholic Church, but I must have
The first clue was your statement on inclusive language. Catholics do
not bless themselves in the name of the "Creator, Redeemer, and Holy
Sanctifier." Do you use that same formula for baptisms? I know the
Methodists do some very creative things. I remember hearing of baptising
with rose petals - so aromatic. Do you do that?
Second clue: I see that you change the Eucharistic prayer to address God
as "Gentle Father and Loving Mother" and that you use an inclusive
language lectionary "approved by the Pastoral Council" that
eliminates male pronouns among other things. Since Catholics use a common
lectionary approved by the Church and, since according to Catholic doctrine,
no one, not even a priest, has the authority to change the words of the
Mass, you obviously aren't Catholic. Are you perhaps Episcopalians?
I wish there was a picture of the "prayer bowl" you use to call
people to prayer and "to balance, to harmony of life and space."
Wow, that's deep. Maybe you're Zen. I could almost here the ooom when
I read that "energy and vibration cannot be confined" and that
you use the bowl's resonance to "send out prayer and love beyond
St. William to all parts of our planet." Gosh that bowl must be really
big and loud. What do you hit it with? I'll bet my five year old grandson
could get it to resonate all the way to China.
Third clue: I read your "Parish Assembly" page which described
how the "parish gathers as the Parish Assembly in order to offer
input, discuss vital issues and share collective wisdom. The insights
and will of the Parish Assembly is that which guides the action of all
of St. William's Leadership." No mention of doctrine... operating
by the collective will of the group - sounds protestant all right.
Nothing on the website about the sacrament of Confession. Yes indeed,
you are definitely Protestant - Lutheran maybe?
Then again - I notice that you celebrated the feast of Christ the King
and the Assumption. That sounds very Catholic. But, no, since Anne Walter
and Jeanne Tessier Barone gave the respective homilies on those feast
days, you can't be. Only clergy may give the homilies at Mass. So you
surely must be Episcopalian. I did note however Jeanne Barone's snide
comment about Cardinal Ratzinger so perhaps you are anti-Catholic Episcopalians.
I'm only curious now why you bother to have Call to Action and Voice of
the Faithful meetings in your parish. You've already achieved most of
their dissenting goals.
Mary Ann Kreitzer
President, Catholic Media Coalition
Most Rev. Thomas Kelly
His Emminence Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
His Emminence Francis Cardinal Arinze
Congregation for Divine Worship
"The first law of history is not to dare to utter falsehood; the
second, not to fear to speak the truth.
Pope Leo XIII