Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on April 21, 2015
4:00-6:00 – Direct to My Desk: What does a parish do when a greatly beloved pastor over-reaches in trying to protect the innocent and finds himself at odds with his bishop? The case of Christ the King, Fr. Ed Fride and the Bishops of Michigan
Christ the King, an Ann Arbor parish, is getting international attention for a debate over firearms. The church’s pastor, Fr. Ed Fride, recently announced that Concealed Pistol License classes would take place on church property. He encouraged parishioners to participate, citing a host of reasons. Fr. Fride also sent parishioners a lengthy and controversial letter explaining his concerns. Since the announcement, Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea has restated the diocese’s longstanding policy against carrying firearms on church property and the classes have been relocated. But not before the secular press seized on the story and many parishioners responded with moral indignation and threats of leaving. Oh, it’s also Al’s and Nick’s home parish. Benedict XVI called for the laity to accept co-responsibility for the Church. What does that mean in this case? What should the parish do when their beloved pastor makes a well-intentioned error and finds himself at odds with his bishop? We’ll discuss it. Call us at 877-573-7825.