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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fr. Ron Jozwiak Refuses Communion to Kneeling Woman!

I thought priests denying Communion to kneeling parishioners was a thing of the past. Guess I was wrong as today's VORTEX reveals.

Pope Benedict only gave Jesus on the tongue to kneelers.
It was still  happening in my own diocese up until the public exposure of the bully priests and their correction. The last episode I'm aware of was in 2002 when a former pastor of mine refused Communion to Virginia State Delegate Dick Black. The priest took on the wrong guy and the negative publicity, I'm sure, convinced the bishop to instruct the priests to administer Communion to kneelers. After all, if pro-abortion politicians can desecrate the body of the Lord with impunity....

Listen to the VORTEX to hear the story of the bully priest, Fr. Ron Jozwiak, who denied Communion to a young woman, Rachel Madi, because she knelt to receive Our Lord. He loudly ordered her to "get up and receive Communion the Catholic way." When she replied, "This is the Catholic way," he walked around her and gave Communion to the next in line. If only she were a pro-abortion politician or a transgender in clown costurme she would have had no problem. But KNEELING AND ON THE TONGUE! Horrors.

Because the priest's actions were so loud and misled the congregation into believing kneeling is not allowed, Rachel wants the bishop to instruct Prince of Peace pastor, Fr. Ron Jozwiak, to make a public apology at all Masses and to instruct the congregation that kneeling is a legitimate, canonically approved, way to receive Holy Communion. Since he's a canon lawyer he probably knows that already, but apparently he believes his opinion trumps canon law.

The only thing that can rein in some of these priests is public correction. Pray for Rachel Madi and the parishioners of Prince of Peace. And you might consider sending a polite letter or e-mail to Archbishop Vigneron urging him to disseminate in the diocesan paper the fact that Catholics are within their rights to kneel for Communion and receive Communion on the tongue. A slap down to Fr. Ron would get the message across to other priests tempted to trampel the rights of their parishioners.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

being there, I was not refused communion but was summoned in the narthex and was yelled out. Told to look around me and imitate the congregation. I felt bad for Fr. he lost it, and the feeling of being yelled out for receiving on my knees and the tongue was very humiliating.
I guess mercy and compassion doesn't apply to us.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

You're right. I hope you gave Father a lesson in canon law. If I could be sure of being able to get up I would kneel for Communion. I genuflect at the front pew where I have something to hold on to. When I go to Mass at St. John in Front Royal I rejoice in being able to kneel at the Communion rail. Sad that orthodox Catholics are persecuted while heretics and those who commit sacrilege against the Lord are welcomed with open arms.

Real Estate For Life .org said...

This same priest, recently told its weekday mass-goers he wanted to see them on Sunday cas' they attend another Rite and they were not putting any money in the Sunday collection plate (Fr. Jozwiak)at Prince of Peace

Anonymous said...

This problem simply will *not* go away because there are so many priests like Fr. Jozwiak who are modern day Pharisees.

At our Cathedral, some three months ago, a woman knelt to receive Holy Communion. The priest, visibly upset and agitated, was admonishing her to stand and justified doing it because of the parenthetical in GIRM #160 said to do this (as the video by Mr. Voris shows).

The woman obeyed Fr. Pharisee because she was shaken and did not want to cause any more of a scene.

Just before final blessing the priest announced, "Please, out of respect *for me*, when you come to Holy Communion you are to receive standing and with your hands extended out so I can place the Eucharist in your hand."

The woman and her husband later approached this same priest to clarify his... stance. He became verbally abusive towards the couple and said that he had been studying the Liturgy for fifteen years and he knew what the GIRM said about the reception of Holy Communion. He placed emphasis on the *particular laws* ("laws"?) of the USCCB and told the couple they were in the wrong and *not* going with the mind of the Church.

The pride of this man is breathtaking. (incidentally, received much of his "training" at the modernist St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Mn. - a Benedictine monastery)

Anonymous said...

Dear Mary,

How blessed you are to be able to go to St John. We go there when our children are graduating from Seton. I love that Church! So many families, the frescoes are so beautiful.
I'd love to meet you. Your blog is heart lifting. Thanks you for your work.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I would love to meet you too. If you will be in the area let me know and we can get together for coffee. kreitzr1@shentel.net

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, this type of behavior is not unusual for Fr. Jozwiak. He lives in Ron's World with all his other imaginary friends. The Fr. Pharisee tag seems quite appropriate. Explains why he was removed as pastor from his last parish and placed on a leave of absence. Too bad he was cleared to come back to active ministry.

Anonymous said...

I haven't met his imaginary friends but I do agree with comments on another site calling him a bully priest. He walks away from parishionhers if he doesn't like the direction a conversation is moving in. He talks over people if they don't agree with him and then walks away. He's rendered the parish council a small group in name only. Requests to the Bishop Cepeda and Archbishop Vigneron for assistance have produced no results.

Anonymous said...

We need to get about 30 people together to stand in line and kneel for communion. Then when he goes around that person the next person will kneel, and the next, and the next and the next-------.

Jeremiah Methuselah said...

Anonymous : I recognise your feelings, I've also been there. The only reason preventing us (a group of like-minded people at the particular church) doing this was we did not approve of a demonstration at the foot of the altar at such a special part of Holy Mass. We simply didn't go there any more.

Anonymous said...

Apparently Fr. Jozwiak's imaginary rule list also includes not saying Mass on a Holy Day. Perhaps New Years Day would be a good day to try out another parish to call home, one where God rules, not a priest with a bad attitude.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Re getting a group to go up and kneel for Communion.

When we were going through this in the Arlington diocese, the child of a friend of mine who was about ten at the time was refused Communion for kneeling. A priest started telling people it was instigated by Les Femmes. An acquaintance wrote me a scathing letter about it and I told him the priest made that up. He never talked to me. I don't think he even talked to the mom who was, in fact, one of the Les Femmes founders. But the decision to kneel was her child's. I told my acquaintance we would not do that for much the same reason you say, Jeremiah.

Anonymous said...

My daughter, who went before me, had words from a "Eucharistic Minister" last summer in N.J./ I soon found out what those words were, because when I knelt to receive the Blood of Christ, she (EM) hesitated, said nothing (i.e.: "This is the Blood of Christ"), then finally said it, only to add the words: (paraphrasing) We stand now, don't kneel. - I was startled, didn't know what to say or do (not thinking t an appropriate time for anyone to say anything but "The Blood of Christ". I turned back briefly and said, "Every knee will bend" and left, only to have my daughter tell me she was also instructed by the E.M. not to kneel also. I explained after Mass that I can kneel. ANother parishioner stood up for us and agreed. The EU went on. I asked for the priest, who listened but tried to gently persuade me. I wrote to his boss and was ignored.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

These are the days of the church tyrants. I try to receive Communion from the priest because I think most LEMs are unnecessary. At a parish where we were visiting I crossed the aisle to get in the priest's line and the usher tried to get me back in the "right" line. I ignored her. Talk about officious busybodies! Frankly, I'm sick of it. Give me the old chaos when everybody got up at once and went wherever they pleased. Now, that's a "mess" I can really go for!

Anonymous said...

As an active member of Prince of Peace parish for several years, I have to say I find these comments very disrespectful. I was not at this mass so I did not personally witness what happened but I do attend mass presided by Fr Ron every Sunday and I can say he is a holy and spirit filled man. I am encouraged and uplifted by his sermons. The comments on here are being made by people who don't even know this priest. That makes it gossip folks. You were not there you don't know what really happened. This is a priest. Learn some respect Catholics!!

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

You are mistaken, Anonymous, to call the comments here "gossip." What happened was a public scandal being reported by the woman to whom it happened.

"Holy and spirit filled" Fr. Ron violated canon law when he refused to give Communion to her because she knelt. She is correct in publicly addressing what was a public (very public!) scandal.

I don't have to know someone personally who injures another while driving drunk to say his actions are wrong.

As for Fr. Ron's "uplift[ing]" sermons, as my mom always said..."Actions speak louder than words!" and his actions were disgraceful and beneath his dignity as a priest.

Anonymous said...

Well I guess this young lady is getting what she wanted all along, calling attention to herself. She is getting all kind of attention now. What was wrong with going back to her pew to kneel? Why make a show of it in front of the congregation. Why are none of these "reporters" talking to Fr Ron rather than talking on the Internet about him behind his back, pretending to know what his intentions were and exactly what was said. In my opinion that is gossip.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Uh...let me get this straight. You say the young lady didn't know Fr. Ron's intentions, buty you know the young lady's intentions which were to get attention and talk to reporters. Wow! Talk about rash judgment, which is, like gossip, a sin against the eighth commandment.

I suspect her intention was to follow the Gospel admonition that at the name of Jesus every knee must bend. And certainly at the REAL PRESENCE of Jesus every knee must bend.

Here's my question for you. What don't you understand about CANON LAW? The priest has no authority to deny Communion to a person for kneeling. It is the Communicant who has the right to decide, UNDER CANON LAW, how to receive Our Blessed Savior.

As for Father's intention, it was obvious. He intended the young woman to receive Communion standing and in the hand and if he had to violate Canon Law to force her to do it he obviously had no problem.

You ask what was wrong with her going back to her pew to kneel? I ask you what was wrong with Fr. Ron giving her Communion on her knees which was her right UNDER CANON LAW.

By the way, you can buy a copy of Canon Law on the internet.

Anonymous said...

I have been a member of POP for many years. My family and I attended faithfully every Sunday. Although Fr. Ron did not have the guts to ever verbally admonish me for anything, he has certainly done so to another family member. That along with the sad stories I have heard from my Chaldean friends, ex Church employees, and other Parish members, have left me so disillusioned with the Catholic Church in general. We have stopped going and I am so sad about that but I just cannot worship at a Church where people of all colors and cultures are not welcome. Msgr Bass, we miss you!

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I'm so sorry for your problems at POP and with Fr. Ron. But he is not the Catholic Church. Even Jesus had a Judas among His closest friends.

Ann Roche Muggeridge (RIP) was a Canadian Catholic who wrote a book about the sad situation in the Canadian Church. She was so angry she thought about leaving. A friend said to her, "Don't let the bastards drive you out." We are children of the King. I hope you will look for a faithful parish. But please don't commit spiritual suicide by starvation. We all need the bread of life we receive in the Eucharist! I hope you will search for a new home and let me know when you find it. I will be praying for you!

Anonymous said...

Kneeling for the reception of Communion ( God Himself )is perfectly appropriate. The 3 kings knelt before him in the manger. Bishops kneel before The Pope ( God's vicar on earth ) when being elevated to Cardinal. Be sure that Satan trembles upon such adoration of Our Lord. Have no fear of temporarily blind clerics.

Mary said...

Who are you people? Fr. Ron was pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for years. He is a loving, caring, christian man who represents my God. Where is your forgiveness as Catholics? Isn't that what our faith is based on. Fr. Ron went through a very hard emotional time when he left SEAS. Shame on you for misrepresenting what God has asked of all of us.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I'm sure if Fr. Ron asked for forgiveness for violating the rights of Catholics who kneel, they would happily give it. Unfortunately, like many liberal Catholics it seems to be his way or the highway. He certainly did not act like a "loving, caring, christian man who represents God" to several people commenting here. And when he publicly humiliates those who are simply doing what the Church allows, he deserves to be publicly rebuked. (Even St. Thomas Aquinas agrees.) I'm sorry he went through a hard emotional time. That doesn't excuse his behavior. Let's all pray for him and for those he has hurt by his actions.

Carlos Sanchez said...

I take it then that no public apology has ever been given, and no public explanation has come forth on what the instruction was to the United States diocese directly from Rome?

If no, then I guess the only ones expected to be obedient are the faithful pew sitters?

Anonymous said...

I just want to tell everyone what a wonderful priest Rev. Ronald Jozwiak is. He truly represents the Catholic faith and is a good Christian man. I became a Catholic under his guidance. He is an intelligent and kind man and no doubt has a strong personality. These are good qualities in a leader. He was chosen to lead your church. He deserves your respect!

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I think everyone here respects the priesthood. That does not mean we must respect the actions of a man just because he wears a Roman collar. That is the attitude that allowed the abuse of children to go on when bishops promised they would handle situations and just passed abusive priests to other parishes where they were unknown. They were free to continue their abuse in the new places. Blind acceptance of wrong behavior because the perpetrator happens to be a priest can seriously damage the faith. When my children were attending Catholic high school and getting scandalized in the classroom, I told them, "Just because a man is wearing a Roman collar doesn't mean he's telling the truth." We need to be critical thinkers and admonish those who violate justice as Fr. Jozwiak did to that young woman. In many cases, the only way to stop scandalous behavior is to shine light on it. Fr. Jozwiak is less likely in the future to repeat what he did, not because he's changed his mind, but because so many people found out and publicly called him out for his scandalous public behavior.