Catholic editorial comment displayed universally. Flowers of farewell and loss are placed outside locked doors in funereal remorse.
To-day there occurred a sacrilege. Holy Trinity church and parish, in Lorain, experienced a Mass of Eviction conducted by Richard Lennon. Holy Trinity is a consecrated church.
Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete.To-day, the 3rd Sunday of Advent's introit is from Paul's Epistle to the Philippians (iv.4). But, it is not easy, we have sorrow throughout this Cleveland diocese. A cold cynic could convey that we have a particularly pitiless and vindictive grinch as bishop.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.
When God spoke to Solomon after the dedication of the temple, as recorded in, II Paralipomenon (Chronicles) vii. 16, He said:
For I have chosen, and have sanctified this place, that my name may be there for ever, and my eyes and my heart may remain there perpetually.One can see this painted in the choir loft at Holy Trinity.
Lord Lennon was not moved. When thirty parishioners walked out of church as he was about to speak, he just stopped and listened to the applause of the rump. They exited and mingled with a community of protesters outside.
Many were long time members, with many familial memories interwound with the parish. Some had slovak flags, some had carnations, as they did when some had marched to the suppression of their sister catholics, a few yards away, at Saint Stanislaus; some also showed similar support when nearby Saints Cyril and Methodius was taken. It would appear, his lordship, has a disdain for the slavonic nations and their houses of worship.
At least two drivers along Elyria Avenue, stopped and invited the catholics to go to their "better" churches. They did not give names, but gave addresses. They felt the pressing need to welcome by evangelising. One man yelled back in one instance, "We do not want another church. We want better leadership."
In the cartoon, the narrator intoned about the creature whom looted a particular home, "On their walls he left nothing but hooks and some wire." These people had a wonderful temple, they understood was to be of worship as long as stone stood upon stone. Lennon is of contrary opinion.
It rained, it could have snowed, if only a few degrees less of temperature had been given. The snow would have been more comfortable. People stayed to the bitter end.
Now, Richard Lennon is a planning and paranoid man. In the last pews, at the wing seat he had placed business suited police, as if no one would know. There was three police cars in front and two in back. There was a pair of uniformed police at the top step of the main entrance, and two bored cops in the back lot, and perhaps a couple more. He also had his two staff members, [Baghdad] Bob Tayek and Jim Armstrong, whom always accompany, scout, and patrol, and attempt to police the site as always.
At precisely, 90 minutes (even at Saint Casimir, it was 90 minutes) after the scheduled start of the Mass, the garage doors opened up (while the church bell rang) and decoy vehicles left on one side of the property, where most of the remaining protesters gathered. They went there, in the belief that he would not pass the front entrance, and he did not. The next church, he was to collect was in the direction of the waited drive. He was driven from the other end by the parish hall, again avoiding an encounter to speak. That was at 10.30.
To the east, an hour later, in front of Saint Casimir, there gathered another grouping, of mostly, foreign born slavs; this time poles. There forty people prayed and sang, in the moderate and unrelenting rain, in their continuing weekly vigil, hoping for roman intervention. The slavs wish to endure.