October 23, 2011
Fort Wayne Newspapers publish a weekly ad in its Area Church Directory listing “Holy Redeemer Catholic Community” and its Mass times.
This community, though it calls itself “Catholic,” is not in communion with the Catholic Church. It is independent of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and not in communion with Pope Benedict XVI and the Bishops in communion with him. Its minister is not a Roman Catholic priest.
This advisory is issued to clear up any confusion regarding the status of the Holy Redeemer community in relation to the Catholic Church. It should also be noted that, according to canon law, no initiative is to claim the name “Catholic” without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority” (canon 216).