Friday, August 6, 2010

Nashville Priest May Face Canonical Discipline Over Heretical Video

NASHVILLE, Tennessee, August 5, 2010 ( - A priest of the Nashville diocese may be facing canonical discipline after putting out a video on the front of his parish website this week denouncing the Pope and various Church teachings such as those against divorce, contraception, women's ordination, and the married priesthood.

The video, titled 'The State of our Church', is staged as an interview of the priest, Fr. Joseph Patrick Breen, by one of his parishioners at St. Edward's Catholic Church. It appears to be an attempt at reaching out to fallen-away Catholics. The video was picked up Thursday by the blog Creative Minority Report.

"That's the way we are, and that's where the people are," Fr. Breen explained when asked by LifeSiteNews why he released the video. "You gotta get the bishops to, the Pope to listen to the people - the voice, you might say, of the Spirit - and you see so many people, I do, that quit going to church because there's no response to the necessary changes that should be made."

Rick Musacchio, director of communications for the Diocese of Nashville told LSN Thursday that Bishop David Choby became aware of the video on Tuesday and "considers it a very serious matter." "He's in the process of developing a response in light of the canonical disciplines of the Church, and is in the process of arranging a meeting with Fr. Breen to address the matter," Musacchio explained...

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