A recent item (obituary) in the Daily Advertiser described a building on the Evangeline Thruway as “Christ the King Roman Catholic Church”. Therefore it seems an opportune time to recall a 2009 clarification about this facility issued by Bishop Jarrell, as follows:
Announcement from Bishop Michael Jarrell
March 25, 2009
In recent months, some confusion has arisen concerning the status of Christ the King Church located at 510 Northwest Evangeline Thruway in Lafayette. It is my duty to inform all Catholics that Christ the King Church is not in communion with the Catholic Church. It possesses no canonical status in the Church, and therefore its priests do not exercise legitimate ministries in the Church. Catholics who wish to remain in communion with the Church are not to participate in services at Christ the King Church, except in those rare circumstances provided for in Church law. One’s pastor should be
consulted. Catholics who wish to celebrate the sacraments according to the older extraordinary form, (in Latin) are invited to attend the Latin Mass, which is fully approved, at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Carencro on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. The separation among Christians is a sad, but real condition in our world. Let us all pray and work appropriately in a true spirit of ecumenism for a day when all followers of Jesus will be fully United in faith and practice.
The same judgments and the same directives apply to Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Shuteston (near Lewisburg) and Saint Philomena Chapel in Morse.