The seven documents here represent our introduction to the IAF, and the beginnings of our struggle against it through the "closure" of the Archbishop's September Sooner Catholic column and his letter to us about it.
This is the first letter we wrote at the beginning of our fight against the IAF. Jo hand delivered it to the Deacon. She was told by him that the Archbishop approved the IAF and it was going through in our parish.
A Letter from Dick Klinge, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City dated November 14, 2008. Herein, Mr. Klinge addresses many issues and builds a case of support for community organizing. This letter was written to Mr. Ray Haefele. Ray was acting as a neutral liaison between Mr. Klinge and Fr. John Metzinger to address the concerns of the parishioners about the IAF. Fr. John handed a copy to Jo with the comment that it should address all of our concerns. He told her to give copies to other concerned parties.
This letter was hand delivered by us to the Archbishop after the Men's Conference on February 28, 2009. He called Jo a week later to discuss it. They discussed the IAF situation at length. He showed true Pastoral concern for us and for the situation. He promised to look into it and requested a copy of the letter we were working on in response to Mr. Klinge's letter.
Our response to Mr. Klinge's letter (addressed to Ray Haefele acting as liaison) dated March 13, 2009. In it we addressed Mr. Klinge's letter on a point by point basis. As will be obvious from reading our letter, Mr. Klinge's letter did nothing to address our concerns, rather, it inflamed them and stiffened our resolve to stop the IAF. No rebuttal of any of the points we made in this letter was ever received.
After Jo's conversation with the Archbishop, he met with the Priest's Council, and published his column on page 2 of the March 22, 2009 issue of the Sooner Catholic. Much has happened since then, but we sill await the training in Catholic Social Doctrine that he spoke of in his column.
Archbishop Beltran's Sooner Catholic Column from the September 27, 2009 issue of the Sooner Catholic wherein he asserts his apostolic authority and commends the pastors of the six parishes that have allowed the OSC/IAF to continue. Many have taken this as a wholehearted endorsement of the OSC/IAF, but they should read the letter below before coming to this conclusion.
Letter we received from the Archbishop clarifying his Sooner Catholic column of September 27, 2009. His "support" of the OSC/IAF is not as clear cut as many have supposed from his column.
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