Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Convention Catastrophe

I was prowling the Internet and found this article. It doesn't bode well...

ZENIT -- (Oklahoma City, OK). With its moving stages and high tech presentations, the opening night of the Convention for Fr. Hamilton's election to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City's Priests' Council was meant to be exciting, a moment of momentum building. The festivities were quickly hushed during the roll call of parochial delegates. The delegation representing the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter rose and approached the podium. Fr. Hamilton, sitting in the VIP box, glowed at the thought of their throwing support behind his campaign. But as the Book of Revelation says, the sting is in the tail of the locust, and Fr. Hamilton found himself stung mightily. The following is an excerpt from that delegation's speech.
"We, for many months, had hoped that Traditional Catholicism might find a voice on the Council of Priests in this Archdiocese. We had hoped that his Reverence, Fr. Hamilton would be that man. But after his comportment at the recent Clergy Days' celebration, we have had to reconsider our endorsement. A vote for Fr. Stephen Hamilton is a vote for Compromise. Therefore, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter endorses Fr. Howard Remski for the open seat on the Priests' Council."
Campaign organizers tried gamely to cover over this bad blood by cranking up on the loud speakers what has come to be the campaign's semi-official theme song, the cover of the Fleetwood Mac hit, "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" sung by the Monks of Solesmes Abbey. This effort also fell through as the sound booth had Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" cued up instead. Clearly, there is much ill-timed confusion swirling around this campaign at the worst possible moment as voting closes September 1.

We can only hope Fr. Hamilton can recover from this set back.

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