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Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement
|Founder||Father Francis Fenton|
|Type||Catholic Mass society|
The Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement, also known as the ORCM, was a Catholic organisation in the United States which offered the Tridentine Mass and preached the traditional Catholic faith following the Second Vatican Council. The group was initiated by Fr. Francis Fenton in 1973 with his lecture given at in Tampa, Florida named The Roman Catholic Church: Its Tragedy and Its Hope. Within two years of founding the Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement had gained eleven priests as supporters, also including Msgr. Paul Marceau, Fr. Robert McKenna, Fr. Charles P. Donahue, Fr. Leo M. Carley, Fr. Daniel E. Jones, Fr. Placid White and Fr. Joseph Gorecki.
The organisation attracted some level of controversy, due to Fr. Fenton's open support for the John Birch Society. Although many of the people who attended the ORCM Masses were sympathetic to the conservative outlook of the JBS, they thought it inapproriate for a priest to be involved in leading political action. The society moved towards sedevacantism, doubting that the Vatican II sect claimants to the Papacy were Catholic Popes; technically they held to sedeprivationism. Fenton and McKenna came into a legal dispute with each other, which became explicit by 1980 and the McKenna faction won control of the name.
After a peak in the mid-1980s, the organisation began to become less prominent. It had other competitors such as the Society of St. Pius V which had moved away from the Society of St. Pius X, as well as the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen. In any case, McKenna was made a bishop in 1986 by Bishop Guerard des Lauriers who served as confessor to Pope Pius XII from 1954-1955. The organisation since then essentially existed in name only, although Bishop McKenna continued to say Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary, Monroe, Connecticut, before retiring in 2011. He has concecrated seven bishops, including Bishop Donald Sanborn and was noted popularly as an exorcist.
|Father Francis Fenton||1973||1980||Founder of the Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement, lost the name in legal battle with McKenna.|
|Robert W. Cleary||1980||1983||Previously the Secretary. Took side of McKenna in dispute with Fenton.|
|Bishop Robert McKenna||1983||2011||A member of the Dominican Order, made a bishop by Guerard des Lauriers in 1986. Retired in 2011.|
- Cassiciacum thesis
- List of traditional Catholic websites
- Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen
- Catholic Traditionalist Movement
- Society of St. Pius V
- Thomas A. Droleskey
- Fr. Fenton and the Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement at Catholic.com
- Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement by Lúcio Mascarenhas
- Bp. McKenna Repents at The York Forum
- St. Mary's Spring Hill at OldFatima.com
- Our Lady of the Rosary, Monroe at RosaryChapel.net
- Groupings of Roman Catholic Priests at TBoyle.net
- Bishop Robert F. KcKenna at Tower of Trent