Several colleagues online have rolled their eyes at this news and dismissed it as gossip. However, the contacts that I speak to are aware of the friction between this new bishop and the exorcist society. Contacts--plural. More than one. These anonymous people are laity who were seeking spiritual guidance. They will remain anonymous.
Tonight, I can think of four reasons to draw attention to this topic.
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1. This demonstrates the handiwork of Pope Francis.
As was recently stated in the Italian magazine, Il Timone: The real revolution of Pope Francis takes place through appointments. We have seen that Pope Francis-appointed Archbishop Cuprich bans Latin Mass congregations, and that he believes divorced and remarried couples, and even sodomite "couples," should be free to receive Holy Communion. We have seen a Pope Francis-appointed Australian bishop declare that Catholics should simply accept sodomy. Consider another Pope Francis appointee, Archbishop Paglia, who is responsible for releasing a dangerous sex education program.
Pope Francis does not have a good track record of appointees. Well...not good for Catholics who favor the traditions of the Catholic Church. For Freemasons, Pope Francis' track record is fabulous. It is a simple fact that Pope Francis throws out any conservative recommendations for bishops, and looks for the most progressive candidates, choosing them himself.
2. There will be nowhere to go for exorcisms
The society that was being led by Fr. Ripperger was a Traditional society of exorcists. They were driving demons out of individuals and families. Their work has been unique and sorely needed, as the intensity and number of demonic possessions and obsessions has increased dramatically in the region.
Fr. Ripperger is a wildly popular priest, and his online lectures are viewed and listened to by many Catholics. There has been a clear need for the kind of work done by The Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother. And yet, things will be winding down because this bishop will not support them.
For this service to be neglected or even shut down is a travesty and a disservice to the laity of this region that I live in.
In fact, I can reveal that one of my anonymous sources learned about Bishop Konderla's action when they approached The Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother, here in Tulsa, for spiritual exorcist help. This person had to be turned away because the society is not going to be supported by the local diocese any longer, and things are being forced to wind down.
This suppression is a major disservice to the society's benefactors and donors. It is an insult that this shut-down wasn't announced by Bishop Konderla before my source went to the Dolorus Fathers for help. Why I am the one to break this news on this blog, and not the diocese on their website, is ridiculous. I imagine it is to avoid the bad press.
3. This may be a sign of things to come for Tulsans
This entire incident reminds me of when, soon after Pope Francis became pope, he suppressed the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. (Here's an even more sobering article about the FFI.) Here, we have a new bishop from the middle of nowhere--a Texas A&M University chaplain--who suddenly is appointed bishop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Like our pope, he comes off as a humble guy, and he even likes to do woodwork. So be nice, everyone! But then? BAM! Suppression of a "crypto-Lefebvrian" society.
If this major action, this suppression, is the tone of this man's reign--that is, modernist intolerance--then I do not doubt that, in the near future, more people in this city and region will be further deprived of even more Traditional Catholic sources of relief. What do I mean by that? Perhaps the further suppression of Traditional things...like diocesan Latin Mass. Ad Orientum. Who knows? Maybe we'll see rainbow flag rainments soon.
4. This trounces upon the work of the former Bishop Slattery
Bishop Slattery was known worldwide as being one of the best Traditional Catholic bishops. His actions, surely, were a great offense to the modernist cabal that is running the Vatican. One of the last things Bishop Slattery did, back in the Spring of 2015, was to celebrate the official founding of the Society of the Sorrowful Mother. He did this downtown, at Holy Family Cathedral. This was a Solemn Pontifical Mass, which is a rare treat to observe. (I was fortunate enough to witness one of these.)
I did not agree with Bishop Slattery on everything. But I think I can say I agreed with him on most of what he said and did. And to destroy this, one of the last good things he did as our bishop, is an insult to the people of my diocese.
To think, an outsider with no connection to the people here, would come in and wipe things away thoughtlessly, without a care in the world about the natives. This man, Bishop Konderla, comes into our land without taking into consideration how the people of this diocese think. Who does he think he is? I want to speak in charity, but either this new bishop is ignorant or he is malicious.
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Look, it is not as if I am some random guy in the world talking about some distant celebrity I've never met. This is a local issue for me. I am in the area. I have even met Fr. Ripperger in person several times. He's a brilliant, sharp, capable man of God. He has done a great service for hundreds, if not thousands of people.
At this time in our lives, public, Satanic rituals are being held in neighboring Oklahoma City on an annual basis on public property. For God's sake, why is Bishop Konderla thinking he should be suppressing the exorcists, here in Tulsa? One would think we would need them because of the rise in Satanic activity.
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Also, please consider visiting Okie Traditionalist's followup post to this story.