An article on how the Intercessors of the Lamb
are undergoing formation so they can keep their charism and still be within church limits.
they also are requesting donations to keep them afloat (see the sidebar at the link)
So, the question of the day:
Who has all the money donated to the order under Mother Nadine, and who owns the order's real estate?
I had read a few of the houses were put up for sale
The local paper says the disobedient group still has control of them:
The archbishop did not dispute who owned the properties.
Brown and more than a dozen followers still live on the Ponca Hills campus and in the neighboring houses, Sellers said this week. Some are former hermits who stuck with Brown. A few have joined since the suppression, Sellers said. They’re all Catholic and attend Mass in Omaha, she said.
The IOTL website
is still there. with letters of encouragement (no dates on when they were written) but the archives end in October.
Apparantly they are now "non denominational" and still plan to hold their yearly conference.
...Brown’s backers have said Intercessors of the Lamb Inc. would continue as a nondenominational Christian group. A glimpse of what that might look like is on display Saturday at the group’s Nebraska campus in the Ponca Hills north of Omaha, where the Intercessors have hooked up with an evangelical Christian group from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area of eastern Iowa, the IHOPE House of Prayer, to host a prayer meeting.
The Intercessors also are marketing their annual conference for July, saying they’ve booked the Qwest Center Omaha. The conference had grown to attract thousands of people from the United States and abroad. This summer’s will be the first since the Intercessors ran afoul of the Catholic Church....
The Archbishop has issued an advisory about this group’s conference that isn't very encouraging.
Now I don't have a problem if they are "non denominational" with the bishop's okay.
But in this case, the appearance is of defying the local bishop. Is that true? Not much information out there to legally judge but it sure looks like it.
True, many good people have been criticized/censored and even excommunicated from the church when they were following the Holy spirit, but one rule is that you obey authority. If Mother Nadine's group was under the bishop, she is supposed to obey the bishop, even if he is not a good man (and from reports, the local bishop is a good bishop. I note that last part because
I know a similar charismatic contempletive group in Africa that is fighting to stay together but the corrupt bishop is trying to shut them down under the guise of being "interdenominational". Better to stop the nuns from praying than throw out the polygamous priests that are in his service.)
The Cincinnati women's group that wrote one of the letters has a facebook page here.
the IHOPE group has a webpage HERE
sounds a bit technical to me.
Actually, charismatic intercession is good, but it has a great danger of abuse and to induce pride in those who find their prayers answered.
We docs are also prone to such pride, but in medicine, enough things go wrong to keep us humble, and we can't blame it when things don't work on the devil or on the patient's lack of faith.
as for their round the clock prayer and intercessory prayer: Such things are valuable
Which is why the Catholics push Eucharistic adoration. Many churches here,, including ours in the Philippines have a separate chapel for this (for security reasons the main church may be locked when not used).