PAST CRISES AT HOLY TRINITY PARISH:
Rev. Thomas Gavigan, S.J., the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish from 1964 to 1970,
is disciplined by the Archbishop of Washington, Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle,
for publicly attacking the Church's teachings regarding contraception.
Over the protests of many parents,
the pastor of Holy Trinity and his parish council
decide to shut down the parish High School.
Rev. James English, S.J., the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish from 1975 to 1981,
announces plans for a multi-million dollar renovation of the church's sanctuary and nave
to accord with the liturgical changes
that followed the Second Vatican Council.
Mitchell Snyder, an advocate of the homeless, begins a long hunger strike
in protest over what he calls the parish's un-Christian priorities.
RECENT CRISES AT HOLY TRINITY PARISH:
As Rev. James Maier, S.J., the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish from 1987 to 1993,
prepares to leave the Roman Catholic Church to join another denomination,
the parish community is split over numerous issues:
- "Crisis at Holy Trinity Parish" A Review of Catholics in Crisis,
An American Parish Fights for its Soul
(A review by Michael Seán Winters
published in the February 1, 1997, issue of America magazine)
- "Missing the Mark": A Review of Catholics in Crisis,
An American Pariah Fights for its Soul
(A review by Stephen Skourgaard
published in the April 1997 issue of CRISIS magazine)
- "Catholics in Exile"
(A review by David Alexander
of the Naughton book
that brings the story up to October 1997)
When Rev. Lawrence Madden, S.J., the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish from 1993 to 2000,
and a nationally known progressive liturgist, is appointed still more controversy ensues.
Soon after his installation, Fr. Madden and his Liturgy Director Margaret Costello
begin a number of liturgical and sacramental innovations
that anger several conservative parishioners,
who petition the Archbishop of Washington for redress:
The Archbishop of Washington, James Cardinal Hickey,
has his Vicar General, Auxiliary Bishop William Lori,
and his Chancellor, Monsignor Bernard Gerhard,
meet repeatedly with Fr. Madden in what are described
as tape-recorded "structured conversation"
to ascertain the truth of the situation in Holy Trinity Parish,
and then sends a 9-page letter to Fr. Madden directing changes in parish practices:
- Letter dated June 9, 1997, to Rev. Lawrence J. Madden, S.J.,
Pastor, Holy Trinity Church,
From James Cardinal Hickey,
Archbishop of Washington.
(Complete text of the Cardinal's letter)
- "Cardinal Vexed by Holy Trinity:
Archbishop Prepared to Make Staffing Changes"
(An article posted on the Holy Trinity Parish web site).
Following a "canonical visitation" to the parish by Auxiliary Bishop William Lori and Archdiocesan Chancellor Monsignor Bernard Gerhard,
Fr. Madden announces that the parish has conformed to all the Archbishop's instructions.
That, however, is not the case.
The conservative Roman Catholic Press then picks up on the story.
- "...So Does Holy Trinity"
(An article published mid-December 1997 in The Wanderser )