In January, Texas suffered an extraordinary loss of grace at the hands of the archbishop of San Antonio.
Members of the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration — an order distinguished by its orthodoxy and traditionalism — were expelled from Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church on January 7 by Abp. Gustavo Garcia-Siller and sent packing back to their mother house in Alabama.
The move, members of Our Lady of the Atonement said, was in retaliation for the parish's transfer to the Anglican Use Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in Houston. The parish had been locked in a power struggle with Garcia-Siller for years, who wanted to retain control of the property. When Rome finally sided with the parish in March 2017, Garcia-Siller seems to have exacted his revenge, taking out his wrath on three religious sisters.
The Poor Clares came to San Antonio almost a decade ago to establish a new monastery for the state. Their ejection has deprived the nation's second-most populous state of an extraordinary amount of much-needed grace.
Our Lady of Atonement lost three sisters. Texas lost an entire monastery — and all because of a bullying bishop who couldn't stand to lose control of a parish.
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