On January 20, 2019, Bishop Steven Lopes removed Fr. Treco from his position as pastor of the Church of St. Bede the Venerable because of this homily. On March 29, 2019, Bishop Lopes excommunicated Fr. Treco because of this homily. Update: Though somewhat unclear, it seems that the correct date of the excommunication is actually April 1, 2019.
Between Jan. 20 and March 29, I, Mary MacArthur, wrote the following letter to Bishop Lopes and circulated it among the parishioners, of whom more than half signed it. I do not include the unredacted signatures in this online publication because I do not have permission to do so from the signatories.
|Two copies were sent to +Lopes with different sets of signatures. This is one of the copies, with signatures blurred for anonymity. The other copy had eight additional signatures, including my own.|
Your Excellency the Most Reverend Steven Lopes,
Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter,
In your letter announcing the removal of our former pastor, Fr. Vaughn Treco, it was stated that he denied Church teaching in his Feast of Christ the King homily, which was critical of the Second Vatican Council and certain subsequent statements and actions by popes. The letter did not, however, state what Catholic teaching it is judged that Fr. Treco denied.
Since the letter was publicly read, we request public clarification, citing the specific sentences where the homily in question denied Catholic dogma, explaining exactly what defined doctrine they contradict. If we were taught error, we, the faithful of the Church of St. Bede the Venerable, have the right to know what it was and what the correct teaching is.
Yours in Christ,
Parishioners of St. Bede the Venerable
There has been no answer given to this letter as of today, June 9, 2019.
On May 6, 2019, it was announced that St. Bede's would cease function, and the last Mass was May 19, 2019.
I do not believe that the Christ the King homily was in any way heretical or schismatic. Fr. Treco compared the papal actions he was criticizing to St. Peter's denial of Christ. Doing so was in no way denying these popes' papal authority, any more than it was denying St. Peter's papal authority!
If Bishop Lopes sincerely believes that Fr. Treco's homily was contrary to the Catholic Faith, why refuse to give an explanation of how exactly? Why refuse to give guidance to the flock that he claims was led astray by an erring pastor?
I grieve the loss of my pastor and parish, and I pray for Fr. Treco in his canonical exile, and for Bishop Lopes in what I believe to be his misguided action. I ask that all who read this do the same.