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Initial Documents


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.


Letter to Deacon Gary Peterson 10/20/8

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.


-Facts Regarding Oklahoma City Community Organizing Efforts-

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.


Letter to the Archbishop about the IAF

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.


 -Letter to Ray Haefele on IAF-

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.


Archbishop Beltran's Sooner Catholic Column March 22, 2009

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.


One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic

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.


Archbishop Beltran Response Letter 9-28-2009

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.


Last Updated: Monday, May 14, 2012 07:18 PM -0500

Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for Us.


Highlights

"IAF and the Pope. In his letter of November 14, 2008, Mr. Klinge quotes Pope Benedict XVI incompletely. The quote from Deus Caritas Est—in context is as follows: The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper. A just society must be the achievement of politics, not of the Church. Yet the promotion of justice through efforts to bring about openness of mind and will to the demands of the common good is something which concerns the Church deeply. (Emphasis added to highlight the section quoted by Mr. Klinge.)"

-Ricky & Jo Joyce

Letter to Ray Haefele on IAF


“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious.” (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)49 In order to maintain the integrity of our Catholic Church, we must stay away from the politics in which the IAF engages.  Whether a charitable institution or an institution of God, like the Catholic Church, we must remember our mission—to lift up souls, not to send people to hell, albeit with a living wage and affordable housing. That would be a scandal.

-Ricky & Jo Joyce

Letter to Ray Haefele on IAF


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