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Desert Voice Silenced

Fr. Robert Altier, a priest of the Archdicoese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, has been asked by the local ordinary to stop publishing his homilies on the web and broadcasting them on the radio.

In obedient compliance with the expressed written request of

Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn

Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Father Altier’s homilies and spiritual presentations
can no longer be published on www.desertvoice.org
or broadcast on Relevant Radio.

We regret any inconvenience and humbly ask for your prayers.

All concerns should be directed in a spirit of charity to:

Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn
226 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 291-4400


No word as to what brought this about.

Comments (1)

And so, in the absence of information, rumors flourish. This story has spread across the blogosphere. I first received an e-mail about it from a priest in California who wondered if I knew what happened. I have no idea. But I'm certainly an expert on the rumors.

A commenter over at the Cafeteria is Closed blog puts it well:

I agree that the bishop needs no reason, although it seems likely he had one. I hope he wouldn't take such an action arbitrarily or on mere impulse.

Does he have to tell anyone his reason? No, of course not.

But he would be wise to. The church is a human organization, and certain rules of organizational behavior are inescapable. When communication from the top is swift, open, and as complete as it can be without sacrificing a greater good, people may not like the message, but they're more likely to accept it because their superior's viewpoint is clear, and they're being treated as if their good opinion mattered. When communication from the top is slow or nonexistent, people are left to fill in the blanks themselves (which they often get wrong), and they're apt to feel that their cooperation is being taken for granted. And that's not healthy for any organization.

And when a superior need give no reason, yet does so anyway, he (and his high office) appear all the more gracious for it. It seems to me that that's the course of wisdom here.

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