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.