August 14, 2006
Bishop Raymundo Pena
CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BROWNSVILLE
P. O. Box 2279
Brownsville, Texas 78522-2279
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Dear Bishop Pena:
You came to our parish at the beginning of Lent to discuss reconciliation. Homilies were given that season by visiting priests addressing the importance of coming together once again as a parish family.
Reconciliation and forgiveness hasn’t happened at Holy Spirit. Most importantly, Msgr. Brum himself has not forgiven nor taken any steps toward reconciliation with those he considers “defiant.”
An excellent example happened two Sundays ago. After the 8:30 mass, several of us (who Msgr. Brum will not allow in ministry) went to a local restaurant for breakfast. As we were getting ready to order our food, Msgr. Brum walked in with his good friend, Sister Cindy. They stopped upon seeing our table, then turned and left the building.
· The restaurant wasn’t full and there was certainly no waiting for a table—so that couldn’t be the reason they left.
· Msgr. Brum has been to the restaurant several times, so he is well aware of the cost and type of food they serve—so that could not have been the reason they left.
· He did, however, make eye contact with our group and immediately turned and left quickly.
To publicly snub parishioners, even those he would rather not have as an active part of his parish, is just wrong.
Reconciliation will never happen at our parish as long as we have a pastor who is not interested in leading the process. A good leader leads by example—refusing to share a restaurant with parishioners shows that Msgr. Brum has absolutely no interest in ending the current situation in our parish.. He wasn’t expected to join us at our table, although we would have welcomed him and his guest, but to have him publicly turn his back on us was ridiculous.
It is actions like this that keep Holy Spirit parish from coming together as the family we once were.
Very sadly, but sincerely,
McAllen, Texas 78504
cc: Msgr. Louis Brum
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