An article by Fr. Joe Landi, Editor Emeritus of the San Francisco Charismatics
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The Charismatics September Edition 2005
Dear Diary... Yes, the end is near but not the end of the world, just the end of this publication. According to the sacramental grapevine, on July 7, 2005, at the Advisory Board Meeting of the Charismatic Renewal, the then Archbishop of San Francisco, and now Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican, the Most Rev. William J. Levada, Archbishop Emeritus of San Francisco, said that he was relieving me as Liaison to the Charismatic Renewal, and ending the publication of the Charismatics.
We were notified by letter dated August 12, 2005 of the change in leadership by the Archbishop. "We" being the eight who received copies as indicated at the end of the letter and the one "blind" copy whose name was meant not to be seen by those receiving copies or or most assuredly not by me who was supposed to receive the original.
The New Liaisons--
The newly appointed
Liaison to the English-speaking Charismatic Renewal is
Fr James Tarantino,
Pastor of St. Hilary Church, Tiburon. He advised me that this publication
is to cease publication as directed by the Archbishop.
My record as Liaison
speaks for itself and actions speak louder than words. Since my appointment
as Liaison to the Charismatic Renewal by Archbishop Levada in September
1997, the Holy Spirit assembled and put into action a remarkable group of
people who have collaborated with me and made the actions of the Renewal
in San Francisco a model for other dioceses to emulate.
Source of Teaching--
We have constantly
provided a source of the Church's teachings, publishing articles and
reflections by some prestigious Catholic writers like Fr. Raymond Brown,
Archbishop John R. Quinn, Fr. John Rausch, Br. John Samaha, Fr. Robert
DeGrandis, Fr. John Hampsch, Fr. Mike Scanlon, Bishop Joseph C. McKinney,
Rev. Alfred McBride, Fr. Frank Pavone, Bishop Stanislaw Ryko,
Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza,
Fr. Gerald Coleman, Fr. Joseph Champlin, Leon Joseph Cardinal
Suenens, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, and John Paul II to mention a few.
The Renewal Is Self-Supporting-- The $35,000 annually it took to publish and distribute this newsletter monthly came partially from ads but mostly from donations at First Friday Masses and from those who read it. We received no funding from the Archdiocese and have no paid staff, just volunteers who believed that the articles of spiritual enlightenment we assembled each month and our "Lighter Side" were a valuable source of the Church's teachings. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, the renewal generated $56,023 income and has has a cash reserve of $20,000 built-up over my eight year tenure..
I'm Relieved-- I am relieved to be relieved. The Renewal mushroomed in the past eight years and was taking too much of my time away from my assignment at St. Cecilia's Parish. While I've tried to do what is right, I also realize doing what is right just because it is right doesn't mean that everyone agrees or likes it. After nearly 20-years involvement in various factions of the renewal, and eight years of those being Liaison, which consumed most of my "leisure" time from fulltime ministry as a Parochial Vicar at St. Cecilia Church, it would have been nice to have heard the change from its source rather than the sacramental grapevine as I am left feeling akin to a jilted spouse—being the last to know.
I was not surprised by the Archbishop's relieving letter: "As I relieve you
of your duties as Archdiocesan Liaison for the Charismatic Renewal,
effective immediately, I want to offer you my personal gratitude, and the
gratitude of the entire Archdiocese, for your service over these past
years." Need I add that during "these past years" we have had some conflicting ideas on what
constitutes a lay organization, a priests association with one and the function of a liaison
to the Renewal?
To all who have helped make this publication possible—the
Executive Board, advertisers, donors, readers, writers, proof-readers, all
volunteers—especially the ladies of the League of the Sacred Heart at St.
Cecilia's Parish, who for the past eight years have manually put the address
labels on 3,000 newsletter monthly for mailing, thank you all for your time,
talents and treasure. I
am grateful to have had the privilege of seeing the Holy Spirit working
You can contact Fr. Landi by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,