An article in today’s Pitt News has some misleading information. In the section addressing Lent, "Father" Bill Hausen, of Christ Hope Church, is quoted. Hausen broke away from the Catholic Church in 2004. He has been excommunicated and is no longer longer recognized as a priest by the Church, the sacraments he offers are not valid, and attending services at Christ Hope does not satisfy one’s Sabbath obligation.
Catholic priest preaches first sermon at splinter church
JUDY LIN, Associated Press
"SEWICKLEY, Pa. – Celebrating Mass for the first time at his unsanctioned splinter church, the Rev. Bill Hausen on Sunday urged some 300 people to stop procrastinating before they ‘;die without really having lived.’"
Breakaway priest is excommunicated
Diocese issues warning to parishioners
Friday, May 07, 2004
By Steve Twedt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"The Rev. William Hausen ‘has incurred an automatic excommunication from the Catholic Church’ for forming an independent church and conducting a religious service last weekend, officials for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh said yesterday."
Notification Concerning Father C. William Hausen
Contact: Rev. Ronald P. Lengwin, 412.456.3021 (office) 412.261.2113 (home)
FOR RELEASE: May 6, 2004
" PITTSBURGH – According to an official Notification published in the May 7, 2004 Pittsburgh Catholic, Father C. William Hausen ‘has incurred an automatic excommunication from the Catholic Church.’"
Text of Notification
May 6, 2004
The Vicar for Canonical Services, the Very Reverend Lawrence A. DiNardo, VE, JCL, has issued the following Notification regarding the canonical status of the Reverend C. William Hausen and the Christ Hope Ecumenical Catholic Church.
Scare tactics?!? Starting an unauthorized church is schismatic. General absolution is heretical. This guy has more than a few loose screws.
Priest Starts New Church, Slams Diocese For ‘Scare’ Tactics
Tue Apr 13, 1:09 PM ET
"A priest who holds views questioned by some in the Roman Catholic faith says the Pittsburgh Diocese is trying to keep people from joining his new church."
New church risky move for pastor
By Erik Siemers, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
"The Rev. William C. Hausen thinks of the Roman Catholic Church as an institution of the Middle Ages, an entity that shuns new ideas and contrary positions."
This guy isn’t just a schismatic or wayward. He’s heretical.
"The Sacrament of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) will be offered to all who attend the Liturgy"
All? That is absolutely forbidden by the Church. Valid confirmation and no stain of mortal sin are required.
"Father Bill Hausen is a validly ordained Priest. He has not and will not resign his Priesthood. As taught in Catholic Theology, ‘Once a Priest, always a Priest.’"
Not for long he isn’t. He was validly ordained, but he can just as easily be validly defrocked.
The main issue here is not his opinions on ordination. That only got him moved ("Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.") The problem is his rejection of Church Tradition and authority.
"A priest who holds views that some in the Roman Catholic faith call radical is being criticized as he starts a new church, Channel 4 Action News anchor Scott Baker reported."