September 8, 2000
For immediate release:
Attention Roman Catholics please place the following message on your e-mail address list
We wish to inform Catholics everywhere, that on September 1, 2000, Bishop Robert N. Lynch, Ordinary of the St. Petersburg, Florida Diocese, effectively removed the Eucharistic worship of Christ exposed in the Consecrated Host from his diocese. He did this by issuing mandated Guidelines. Chapels wherein worshipers had regularly adored Christ in the monstrance, (in some places for over ten years), are now empty of His presence.
The people of the St. Petersburg/Tampa, Florida Diocese request your prayers of petition and reparation for this terrible turn of events as well as those for our bishop. We beg you to please take a moment to send a postcard to Bishop Lynch assuring him of your prayers and begging him to return Our Lord to the altars for Eucharistic Exposition worship. We need postcards from all over the United States which will serve to acknowledge our belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Host and our desire to worship Him there. Please send a corresponding letter of protest against this injustice to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. What has happened to us in Florida can happen in your diocese.
Documentation of this event may be found on the front page of the national weekly, The Wanderer, 9/7/00 issue and on its web site: http://www.thewandererpress.com.
Bishop Robert N. Lynch
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
May God bless you for your efforts and your prayers,
Missionaries Under the Sun - A Florida Media Apostolate for the Defense of the Faith
Les Femmes, Women of Truth, Vienna, VA
Hope of St. Monica, Milford, OH
The Catholic Advocate, Jacksonville, FL
Concerning Eucharistic Adoration, Exposition, and Benediction -- Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL
Florida Bishop Holds Blessed Sacrament Hostage -- Oct/Nov 2000 edition of The Catholic Advocate
More Troubles for St. Petersburg --Oct/Nov 2000 edition of The Catholic Advocate