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Notre Dame sister could face disciplinary action for defiance of bishop

June 19, 2013

A member of the Sisters of Notre Dame has been warned that she could face expulsion from her religious order if she continues to work with a parish group that has broken away from the Cleveland diocese.

Sister Susan Clark has been acting as music director for the Community of St. Peter, a group that was formed in 2010 after Bishop Richard Lennon closed a parish with the same name. The former pastor of St. Peter’s, Father Robert Marrone, has continued to lead a community in worship services at another site, in defiance of the bishop’s orders. In March of this year Bishop Lennon announced that Father Marrone had been excommunicated for his “direct defiance of the Church’s teachings and authority.”

According to a newsletter issued by the Community of St. Peter, Sister Clark has now been told that her assistance to the group is “in direct opposition to the will of the bishop,” and she must cease her involvement or face disciplinary action.


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  • Posted by: fwhermann3492 - Jun. 20, 2013 12:46 PM ET USA

    Kudos to Bishop Lennon. Would that more bishops exercised their prerogative to excommunicate defiant priests, religious, and laypeople (including politicians in high office).