From this report in Cathnews, it looks like things are finally sorting themselves out at St Mary’s in South Brisbane. But one thing seems a little unclear. Check this:
Fr Kennedy said he was still a Catholic priest with the right to conduct masses and baptisms.
Initially masses will be held at the Trades and Labor Council building but this would not be the new community’s permanent home, and the hunt was on to find a place to rent, Fr Kennedy said.
Fr Kennedy will begin holding Mass at the new location on April 20, starting with a march from St Mary’s.
“I think we’ve lost the fight by being pushed out of here, by being excluded from here, but have they won the battle? That is the question,” Fr Kennedy said.
So, Fr Kennedy will have achieved his goal. He will still be the pastor of a group of people called “St Mary’s”, but it will not be able to (nor indeed be obliged any longer to) call itself “St Mary’s Catholic Church”.
Fr Kennedy is also right in that he is indeed still a Catholic a priest, with the right to say mass and conduct baptisms. But how long will that last if he goes down this road of forming a “rival” parish to St Mary’s? He certainly does not, as a priest of the Church, have the canonical authority to do what he is planning to do.
Fr Kennedy may very well be right about the battle not yet being over. However, he is mistaken if he thinks that it is a battle out of which either he or the Archdiocese or the parish of St Mary’s will, in any real sense, emerge the victor.