Fr. Vaughn Treco: For/Against

Articles About Father Treco's Case

PRIEST EXCOMMUNICATED, Parish Closed Afer Criticism of Conciliar Popes

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Fr. Vaughn Treco accused of inciting 'schism'

July 8, 2019 | By Stephen Wynne |

MINNEAPOLIS ( - A priest of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has been excommunicated, and his parish permanently closed, months after he criticized certain actions of various popes both during and after the Second Vatican Council.

On April 1, Bp. Steven J. Lopes announced he had issued a decree of excommunication against Fr. Vaughn Treco, pastor of St. Bede the Venerable in suburban Minneapolis, citing "rejection of the magisterial authority of an Ecumenical Council and a series of popes."

The charge stems from a homily Fr. Treco delivered on Nov. 25, 2018, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Titled "The Father's Grapes and the Children's Teeth," the address was based on Ezekiel 18:2, which declares: "The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the teeth of the children are set on edge."

In his homily, Fr. Treco identified multiple roots of the current Church crisis — faulting missteps and failures of popes during and after Vatican II — and outlined an appropriate Catholic response.

On June 28, when asked about allegations that he denied Vatican II and supported a sedevacantist position, Fr. Treco told Church Militant: "Thank you for asking this question of me directly. In answer, I can say without any dissimulation that I have never denied the validity of the Second Vatican Council, and I do not now believe, nor have I ever believed that the Apostolic See is vacant."

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Minneapolis Mercilessness in the New Order Church

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June 25, 2019 | By Laramie Hirsch

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? [Matthew 7:9-10]

Last January we learned that Fr. Vaughn Treco, deliverer of an amazing November 2018 sermon against the hijinks of the Second Vatican Council, had his faculties pulled. He criticized a non-binding council. He accused the hierarchy of submitting to the judgement of modern man, rather than that of God. And he did this in a diocese where sodomy is scandalously celebrated.

Not only were his faculties pulled, but he was also removed from the University of Minnesota Medical Center, where he was chaplain. He was forbidden from publicly saying anything, and he was forbidden from hearing confession. And now? He’s been excommunicated by Bishop Lopes as of March 29th.

Some parishioners got together and sent in a letter to Bishop Steven Lopes. It reads as follows:

Your Excellency the Most Reverend Steven Lopes, Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter,
In your letter announcing the removal of our former pastor, Fr. Vaughn Treco, it was stated that he denied Church teaching in his Feast of Christ the King Council and certain subsequent statements and actions by popes. The letter did not, however, state what Catholic teaching it is judged that Fr. Treco denied.
Since the letter was publicly read, we request public clarification, citing the specific sentences where the homily in question denied Catholic dogma, explaining exactly what defined doctrine they contradict. If we were taught error, we, the faithful of the Church of St. Bede the Venerable, have the right to know what it was and what the correct teaching is.
Yours in Christ,
[signatures redacted]
Parishioners of St. Bede the Venerable

To this date, the bishop has not responded. Just like the situation with Pope Francis and the Dubia, we have another man in authority who refuses to even acknowledge the plea for clarification, answers, and justice. When justice is requested, we are given an abundant amount of silence. And Father Treco, for daring to question a non-binding council, is being publicly cast into the outer darkness, while filthy sodomite, cocaine-snorting priests are kept in the fold.

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Fr Vaughn Treco 'Excommunicated' For Being Catholic!

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June 24, 2019 | By Jovan-Marya Weismiller, T.O.Carm.

Earlier this year, I shared several articles about a Priest, Fr Vaughn Treco, who was being disciplined for being 'too orthodox'. If you don't recall, here are links to a couple of them, O Father, My Father! The Story of Fr. Vaughn Treco and Priest To Be EXCOMMUNICATED For This Homily.

I have just learned that Fr Treco has, indeed, been 'excommunicated' for preaching a thoroughly orthodox, Catholic sermon. I've just messaged him that whilst I can't afford to help financially, that he is in my prayers. I urge my readers to join me, and if you can help with the finances to please do so.

From the GoFundMe account set up to help FrTreco:

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Publication of a Letter to Bishop Steven Lopes

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June 9, 2019 | By Mary MacArthur

On the Feast of Christ the King, November 25, 2018, Father Vaughn Treco preached a homily which criticized certain actions of certain popes. This homily may be listened to here.

On January 20, 2019, Bishop Steven Lopes removed Fr. Treco from his position as pastor of the Church of St. Bede the Venerable because of this homily. On March 29, 2019, Bishop Lopes excommunicated Fr. Treco because of this homily. Update: Though somewhat unclear, it seems that the correct date of the excommunication is actually April 1, 2019.

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GoFundMe Appeal: Support for Fr. Vaughn Treco & Family

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March 22, 2019 | Launched by Jonathan & Evie Schwartzbauer

Fr. Vaughn Treco is a Catholic priest of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and former parochial administrator of the Church of St. Bede the Venerable in St. Louis Park, MN who has been unfairly and unjustly suspended, and is threatened with excommunication by his bishop, His Excellency Steven J. Lopes.

On the Feast of Christ the King on November 25th, 2018, Fr. Treco delivered a homily that explains the root of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, and exposes the rot that infects the current hierarchy. This homily was posted to "The Remnant TV" YouTube channel (with Fr. Treco's explicit permission) and has, of the time of this writing, over 41,000 views (linked below.) For this, Bishop Lopes removed Fr. Treco as administrator, and then two weeks later suspended him entirely as a priest. Included in the notice of suspension, was a threat of excommunication in 60 days from the notice if he did not recant of the homily. Though it has been asked, the bishop nor any of the chancery officials have provided any information or specifics for what is wrong in the homily, only vague allusions to not being allowed to "criticize popes."

For more information on the specifics of who Fr. Treco is and greater details on exactly what happened, see the linked article below. Suffice to say, Fr. Vaughn Treco is a priest in the mold of St. John Vianney, and easily the best man I have ever met. He is being persecuted and suppressed by a hierarchy that wants the status quo of the last 50+ years to be maintained at all costs.

Unfortunately, Fr. Treco's only source of income was his pastoral ministry, primarily as a hospital chaplain. Not only did he rely on this income, but as a former Anglican clergyman, he is married and so his wife, Norma, does as well. Due to his suspension, he is no longer able to function as a priest and can no longer perform those duties. Thus, he has lost the entirety of his income. Furthermore, he and his wife have had to move out of the rectory they were living in and move in with family temporarily before another housing opportunity (already arranged) opens up in June. This has caused additional costs.

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O Father, My Father! The Story of Fr. Vaughn Treco

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February 15, 2019 | By Jonathan Schwartzbauer

On a winter day in early 2016, after months of attending the traditional Latin Mass at my local FSSP apostolate, I was asked what I thought of the Mass at a little parish called the Church of St. Bede the Venerable in St. Louis Park, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis. You see, the Church of St. Bede is a parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and I was told the Mass was very traditional and not too dissimilar from the TLM. The parish was so small that it shared space with a Novus Ordo parish that had miraculously restored what was lost in the wreckovation of the ’60s and ’70s. I had heard of the Ordinariates and the use of the “Anglican Patrimony” within the Catholic Church, but I had no idea what that really looked like. Curious, I decided to take my wife one Sunday and see what it was all about.

I was surprised how similar to the old Latin Mass it really was. Although the liturgy was in English, it was a sort of sacral English — something different from the vernacular we use every day. The priest faced God instead of man and celebrated at the high altar. The hymns were traditional, and chant was used for all the propers. After the consecration, but before the elevation, the priest genuflected in worship of God, just as it is in the traditional Mass. Communion, although offered under both species, was received kneeling at the altar rail, with the Sacred Host on the tongue. And in what would turn out to be the most significant detail, the priest preached his homilies as a priest of God should.

After each Ordinariate Mass in the undercroft of the church was a time of fellowship and refreshment. Those gathered were a unique group, each with his own idiosyncrasies. In the best possible way, they were a group of misfits, and found that I, as a traditionalist, fit right in. It was here that I met Fr. Vaughn Treco, parochial administrator and priest of this small community, who would become not just my pastor, but my friend. I found Fr. Treco a unique man with a penetrating mind, quick to discern truth from falsehood. I could hear in his words immediately that this was a man of tradition. I still remember our first conversation. He was speaking of how even the typeface used in the first edition of the new Roman Missal was printed in a sans serif type — something our brains instinctively see as less formal. He also spoke of how, when he did celebrate the Novus Ordo Mass for the archdiocese, he would use only the Roman Canon. He spoke clearly and concisely and in a way that made it clear that he was a priest to take note of.

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Prayers for Fr. Treco and St. Bede’s

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January 30, 2019 | By Deborah Gyapong

I have hesitated to report on the case of Fr. Vaughn Treco, a priest ministering to the St. Bede the Venerable mission parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

A man’s priesthood is at stake, as well as the viability of the community he has served. There are issues of Catholic unity, of theology and canon law at play in a climate of confusion and anger in the wider Catholic Church.

Bishop Steven Lopes has temporarily suspended Fr. Treco for 60 days, and our Ordinary-emeritus Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson has taken over as administrator of St. Bede’s. He has already started celebrating the Sunday Mass there.

From all accounts I have heard, Fr. Treco is loved by members of his community and his fellow Ordinariate priests, and every effort is being made to help restore him, from the bishop on down. That’s why I urge you to pray for him, his family and the community, as well as for our bishop and the Ordinariate that unity in the Catholic faith will prevail. Here’s some background.

On Christ the King Sunday, Fr. Vaughn Treco gave a homily that was published online by The Remnant Newspaper, a traditionalist site that promotes the idea that the Second Vatican Council represented a rupture in the Catholic Church. More than 30,000 people have listened to this sermon on YouTube. The transcript is here.

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Priest of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter silenced by +Bishop Steven Lopes?

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January 24, 2019 | By Erick Ybarra

There is a report going around, of which I have no further confirmation other than a post from a blog site entitled “The Stumbling Block” (access the post here), which states that +Steven Lopes, Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, has made an intervention into the ministry of a certain Ordinariate priest, Fr Vaughn Treco, in order to request a recantation of the content of a certain homily he gave in the recent past. Bishop +Lopes insisted he renounce or he would lose his position as Pastor of the parish and would require Catechesis on the theology of the 2nd Vatican Council. I encourage all of you to listen to the sermon for yourself, and then read my take away below.

Overall, Fr. Treco’s sermon, very much exhilarating and empowered by zeal, had good intentions and certainly fills one with enthusiasm for Tradition, while also fostering a very negative attitude towards the 2nd Vatican Council (arguably for both right and wrong reasons). For him, the 2nd Vatican Council is where the Popes of the Conciliar period changed the spirit of Catholicism from one that concerned itself with meticulously submitting all things to the concern, will, and kingship of Christ to that of one overly concerned with the felt needs, concerns, sensitivities, and judgment of human beings. Instead of sailing the Vessel of Peter around the compass of God’s rule, there is replaced therein the compass of man and his will to manage things best for himself. Moreover, the spirit of indifferentism as to how one gains access to God began during this time, and this was one of the fatal consequences of the former upheaval.

These observations, prima facie, are quite undeniable. The question will turn on whether the Council and the Conciliar Popes were explicitly the direct cause of this by way of intention (making clear a suspicion of heresy), or whether something else is being claimed. Keeping that in mind, there are a few things which Fr. Treco stated quite emphatically which open him to criticism. Before I give my list of these, I want to be quite clear that the energy which one can sense coming from the homily is appreciable. What I gather from listening to the homily, and as one who has never met Fr. Treco, is that this man is not an enemy of Catholicism, but is rather out to wage war for the Lord Jesus Christ and the doctrine of the Church (see his powerful testimony of conversion). All that I write below should be read knowing that my instincts are more in favor of this priest than against.

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Lopes removes Ordinariate Priest for being, well, Catholic

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January 21, 2019 | Posted by Vox Cantoris

"We were told that Fr. Treco was visited by Bp. Lopes, who essentially provided Fr Treco with the option of renouncing what he had said in the sermon (which Fr. Treco declined), or that he be removed as pastor, wherein he would have to take… wait for it…. further education classes so that he could better understand the post-conciliar church. We were also told, though, that Fr. Treco is free to continue as priest for St. Bede, even presiding over mass, just as long as he (a) does not deliver sermons or (b) has his sermons reviewed and signed off by the local diocesan priest prior to any such delivery.

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Why Should the Hermeneutic of Continuity be Necessary…?

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January 21, 2019 | Posted by

I received a note this morning explaining yet another case of faithful clerics suppressed and silence for their Faith in this miserable era of Francis.


Frank: Good morning.

I am writing to report something that hasn’t yet made its way to any publication, but hopefully someone will bring this to light.

In addition to my wife and I being parishioners at the FSSP apostolate here in Minneapolis, we also from time to time attend St. Bede the Venerable, which is a mission parish of The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. While neither my wife nor myself were ever associated with Anglicans or Episcopalians, the Ordinariate Form of the Roman Rite is much more palpable than Novus Ordo masses. We started attending there about 1.5 years ago. It is a very small parish; it doesn’t even have its own building and must rent time/space from another Catholic parish. I’ve been trying to get my Episcopalian friends to attend there in the hope that they will eventually convert. More particularly, St. Bede’s pastor, Fr. Vaughn Treco, speaks plainly and to the point; much better than most other priests I’ve heard or met.

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Traditionalist Priest Suppressed: Pro-Gay Priests Protected

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January 27, 2019 - by Laramie Hirsch

  • The Church is where she is today because — in the Conciliar Popes — Peter chose to submit the Church’s teaching to the judgment of Modern Man, rather to the judgment of Christ the King! ~ Father Vaughn Treco, Homily: The Father’s Grapes & the Children’s Teeth, on Christ the King Sunday, November 25th, 2018

An amazing sermon was delivered at The Church of St. Bede the Venerable. Last November, Father Vaughn Treco drew a line in the sand and called out the effects of Vatican II for what they were. The sermon can be heard on The Remnant’s YouTube channel, or read it here. Because Fr. Treco gave this sermon, he was punished by Bishop Stephen Lopes. And now? He can no longer hear confessions, and he can no longer give homilies. If he is acting as a supply priest, the homily must be given by a deacon, and if there is no deacon, he is to use Reading 2 from the daily office as his homily. His faculties from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis were pulled.

This is what happens to a priest who criticizes a non-binding council.

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