Letter to the Cardinal   **Update**
Wednesday 7 April 2004
Many blessings to you at this time.
I know that this is a very busy time for you but I make a plea to
you to become immediately involved in the situation at St Vincent's
Redfern before the situation worsens any further.
We are a faith filled community at St Vincent's, a people who wear
their catholicism on their sleeves and seek to live the Gospel values
that have been with us all our lives.
At the moment we are under direct attack by your appointed clergy
at St Vincent's. I believe that you are fully supportive of their
activities yet I believe that support has been based on misinformation
and a lack of understanding of the true reality of the situation.
The people of St Vincent's have been constantly attacked, have not
been allowed any way of dialogue with the Priests and have to constantly
put up with what I believe is a serious abuse of clerical power.
We at St Vincent's need to be heard and I believe you must be made
available to listen to the reality of our situation. Your clerics
have been nothing short of incompetent in the handling of the difficult
environment of Redfern. People have been both physically and verbally
attacked by your clerics and have been judged and denied Eucharist.
Their gross inconsistency in their determination of who is and who
not is worthy is an absolute travesty. It would appear to me that
Fr Gerry and Dennis have little fear of the consequences of their
actions. I believe that the support that you have given them is
a license for them to act in any way that they deem fit. If that
is true I fear you have either been misinformed of their activities
or that you actively encourage them to continue as is. I pray and
hope that the latter is not true. I need to believe in a church
that has wisdom and understanding and that has the ability to see
the whole story.
Cardinal George you have admired the ministry that Fr Ted Kennedy
and Mum Shirl nurtured all those years. We at St Vincent's are trying
to continue that wonderful work yet it would appear that in your
support of the clerics that you have imposed on the Community that
you also encouraging their un catholic behaviour towards us.
Please tell me that is not true and please meet with us so that
you can see what we do and open your heart to the possibility that
all may not be what it seems.
with love and peace in the hope of the resurrection
Br Michael Gravener