Monday, December 15, 2008

Sad News

From LifeTeen:

Important Update from Randy Raus, Life Teen President

Dear Friends in Ministry,

I pray this letter finds you well. Thanks for all you do for teens.

I am writing to let you know some sad news. The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, has issued a Decree of Excommunication to one of the Life Teen founders – Reverend Monsignor Dale Fushek. He incurred the censure of excommunication because he has chosen to be in schism with the Catholic Church by establishing and leading an opposing ecclesial community known to the public as the Praise and Worship Center.

This excommunication is not connected in any way with the ministry of Life Teen, as all of the actions that led to this occurred after Rev. Dale Fushek’s involvement with our ministry. Further, I want to make it clear that Life Teen is in no way associated with his new venture.

Even though it has been almost four years since he has been directly involved with the movement of Life Teen, the media continues to associate Rev. Dale Fushek with Life Teen. While we continue to pray for Rev. Dale Fushek, the movement of Life Teen is in full support of Bishop Olmsted and Diocese of Phoenix in this matter.

Life Teen continues to faithfully and enthusiastically serve the Roman Catholic Church in complete obedience to the Magisterium and strict fidelity to Church teachings.

Our 2009 theme for Life Teen is “Heroic Virtue.” With the focus of living the virtues, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary, we continue to pray for your ministry with teens. Likewise, we pray for all who played a part in our movement over the past two decades. We wish to thank all our Life Teen family from around the world who continue to support our mission of leading teenagers and their families closer to Christ in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. May we all stay focused on the mission of leading teens closer to Christ!


Randy Raus

Life Teen President / CEO

Pray for Fr. Dale and LifeTeen.
For more on excommunication, read this. It isn't what a lot of people think it is.


Eric Bohn said...

"For more on excommunication, read this. It isn't what a lot of people think it is."

The article you linked to does a disservice. Excommunication is a sure sign that one is on the road to hell, and should serve as a warning sign to potential followers that might suffer the same fate.

Someone of your position should know better. The primary responsibility of a shepard is to guard the flock from wolves. Thus excommunication is medicinal for the flock, but not necessarily medicinal for the one who is excommunicated.

Marcel said...

Eric - you are simply wrong. We cannot judge a soul, even when someone's acts separate them from the Church by excommunication. I clearly stated that the act is contrary to living a life with Christ, but the judgment of the state of their soul is never the Church's intention.

The medicine is not primarily for the Church's health. It is for the one excommunicated first.