March 04, 2006

Booted clerics regroup

The Times-Tribune


The controversial Society of St. John, shut down by the Diocese of Scranton last year, claims to be back in the good graces of a Catholic diocese.

Good enough, in fact, to set up shop as an official organization.

A letter on the group’s Web site claims the society has been approved as a public association of the faithful in the Diocese of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, who presides over the diocese’s more than 500,000 Catholics, is credited with establishing a spot for the society.

“We are now, once again, officially approved by the church and can operate in an official capacity on behalf of the church,” the letter, written by Brother Anthony Myers, reads in part. “The good bishop has a great love for the traditional liturgy, and thinks that the Society of St. John will be a happy influence in his diocese.”

Efforts to reach representatives of the diocese in Paraguay and the Society of St. John were unsuccessful.

Posted by kshaw at March 4, 2006 08:38 PM