Sixty-one days after Father Christopher Phillips’ suspension as pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Parish in San Antonio, TX amid public speculation of wrongdoing, the parish enters the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Father Phillips will resume offering the holy sacrifice of the Mass tomorrow, 3/22/2017, at 9:15am.
Today is a most joyous occasion for the clergy and laity of Our Lady of the Atonement and a magnificent ‘clearing of the air’ of this good and holy pastor. OLA’s entrance into the Ordinariate confirms what many close to the situation have been saying all along — Father Phillips nor any of the clergy at OLA have done anything wrong. In our estimation, this entire situation originated simply from the backlash of an Archbishop who did not want to allow the parish to enter into its rightful home, the Ordinariate. Any of the rumors from the general public, from ‘gossipy’ blogs running wildly speculative articles based on pure hearsay or from detractors can safely be ignored. Christ has triumphed, the truth has been revealed, and the truth has set Our Lady of the Atonement free!
A Q&A session will be held with Bishop Lopes at Our Lady of the Atonement tonight (3/21/2017) at 7:30pm.