I was a kid and got the privilege of meeting and having dinner with Fr. Leonard. I remember when the abbey in Cullman was still under construction. It's sad to know the story. [....] posted a sign that the abbey was closed for Mass. I suppose they were 'ordained' in the New Rite and started offering the Novus Ordo some time later. The parishioners regrouped near Huntsville and recieve a priest from the CMRI nowadays.
I claim no special knowledge of the story
[†], but perhaps you know it so well that without intending to, you overlooked points that ought to be stated explicitly (if accurate):
The chronological order was not
that the abbey was constructed
, its chapel was consecrated, some Catholics in Alabama eventually discovered that the new abbey was celebrating the traditional Latin Mass
, and then
traditional Catholics within a tolerable commuting distance became parishoners
, was it?
Wouldn't it be more accurate to write that some Catholics in Alabama discovered the traditional Latin Mass
being celebrated by the clergy that would eventually reside in Cullman, became de facto parishoners
, and for that reason, donated the bulk of the money used to construct the abbey
, to which they lost access for the traditional Mass & sacraments
after the prolonged illness and death of the de facto
abbot (who I assume is the aforementioned Fr. Leonard
), because his death made possible a Novus Ordo coup
by relatively newly arrived opportunistic young clergy who knew perfectly well what a subversive act of disloyalty
they were committing.
So as I recall what I've read, those parishioners
have already paid
quite recently to build a site in which to attend the traditional Latin Mass
and receive the traditional sacraments
: Christ the King Abbey in Cullman
Please correct me if I misunderstood the story[‡] and if this reply is mistaken on facts or draws invalid conclusions.
Note †: A search for "Cullman" & "Leonard" focused on <http://www.traditio.com/
> (via the input slot for "advanced search" that's marked "At this Web site or domain:") might suffice. But I don't know if their version of the story
might indulge in biases that reduce its accuracy.
Note ‡: The story
is really infuriating, even to myself, despite not
being personally affected. So maybe I indulged in waaay
too much bold-face