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RCF Launches Post Card Campaign in the Diocese of Springfield
Roman Catholic Faithful, in a continuing campaign to remove the Bishop of Springfield, Illinois from his see, has instituted a post card campaign to detail the lack of authoritative action which RCF describes as a "tolerance of abusive power."
Tens of thousands of the 4" x 6" color cards have been printed for distribution to RCF members, and Stephen G. Brady, president of the organization, has asked all RCF members to use the cards freely and often, both in correspondence with religious officials as well as in secular activities. "We want folks to use these cards wherever they can to spread the word throughout the nation that faithful Catholics are no longer tolerating the failure of the Church hierarchy to live by Catholic principles and be truthful to its flock, in word and in action, in matters of faith and morals."
The card's cover is a color photograph of three RCF members in front of the Springfield cathedral, holding a banner which reads:
A Disgrace To the Catholic Church!
RCF members have displayed this banner in front of the Cathedral, the home church of the Springfield bishop, on several occasions, including during area church services.
The back of the card details further information:
Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc., P.O. Box 109, Petersburg, IL 62675 / (217)632-5920
Vatican officials, as well as Cardinal George of Chicago, have known for some time that Bishop Daniel Ryan has a history of homosexual acts with minors. Yet these same officials continue to allow Ryan to remain Bishop of Springfield. As a baptized Catholic, I object to this complacency, tolerance of abusive power, and perversion in the episcopacy.
"We've already sent cards to hundreds of area bishops and media outlets throughout the country, and a great amount of interest is being generated by a number of news people and other members of the media," said Brady in a recent statement. "We want our members to use these cards and, especially, to send one or more of them to the American Papal Nuncio. He needs to hear a strong and decisive response from faithful Catholics to the Church's lack of action in correcting this scandal."
RCF plans to send a packet of cards to every member on its subscriber list, and requests that anyone who does not plan on using them send them back to RCF as soon as possible. "These cards are going very quickly, and we want to have enough to fill the high demand we're already experiencing," Brady said. Brady is also requesting that members, if able, contribute toward the costs of producing and mailing these cards, which are rapidly becoming one of the most successful tools in disseminating information about the campaign.
In closing, Brady noted a recent communication he received from one of RCF's supporters and priest-advisors:
For more information, contact Stephen Brady.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo