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Abp. Vigneron Bans Dissident Schüller from Detroit Archdiocese

Following the lead of Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Archdiocese of Detroit has banned Austrian priest Father Helmut Schüller from speaking at Catholic institutions, according to The Detroit Free Press.

Fr. Schüller is reportedly “irritated” by the response he has received from the Church.

In 2011, Fr. Schüller of Austria led a movement that issued a “Call to Disobedience,” which advocated for the ability of divorced and remarried Catholics to receive sacraments as well as the ordination of women and married men. Currently, Fr. Schüller is touring the United States on what’s called “The Catholic Tipping Point” tour, which is being sponsored by organizations such as Call to Action, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Dignity USA, Future Church, New Ways Ministry, Women's Ordination Conference, and Voice of the Faithful among others.

In June, Cardinal Sean O’Malley barred Fr. Schüller from speaking in a parish in the Archdiocese of Boston. Earlier this month, after being alerted to an event that was to be held at the Catholic Chestnut Hill College, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia requested that the college cancel the appearance because Fr. Schüller’s presence there would “damage the unity” of the Church. Sadly, the college refused and was the only Catholic institution in the country to host Fr. Schüller’s tour.

Schüller was scheduled to speak at Saints Simon and Jude parish, but since being banned by Abp. Vigneron, the venue was moved to a local public high school.

Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Schüller criticized Catholic leaders for banning him from Church property, saying “It reflects an old-fashioned system” and it “irritates” him.

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