Fr. Raymond Gravel keeps digging himself into a deeper hole.
As Socon or Bust discussed yesterday, LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) recently reported on how Fr. Gravel insulted a fellow Catholic who promised to pray for the priest after expressing concerns about the dissenting priest being mandated to train catechists. “You can keep your prayers for yourself,” Fr. Gravel retorted. “Pray for yourself; you need more than anyone…I pity you!”
Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve never been one to refuse prayers. I can sure use ’em.
Well, today we have a new twist to report.
Like any person experiencing challenging times, Fr. Gravel sought comfort and support from his buddies: the secular Québec media. Yes, those liberal, pro-choice, homosexualist, lift-wing media types. You know, the same crew that nearly lynched Cardinal Ouellet in May for simply stating Church teaching on abortion? Those are his friends.
Interview with Radio-Canada
Fr. Gravel had an interview with Radio-Canada, the French branch of the CBC, in which he claims that LSN is “deforming” his words. Moreover, every time LSN writes an article about him, he claims to get 100 to 200 emails! 🙂 Well done folks!
Do you know what Fr. Gravel wrote about you, dear readers? He calls you “fanatics” and “extremists”. He wasn’t talking about LSN, but of faithful Christians like you who take offense with his dissenting behaviour. That’s what he says about you on a national media outlet. How does that make you feel?
And get this: he claims he’ll sue LSN for slander. Give me a break. Slander only applies to false information. Since LSN has made an accurate representation of Fr. Gravel, there is no possibility of slander, no matter what damage it does to the priest’s reputation.
But Fr. Gravel didn’t stop there.
Open letter in Le Devoir
Fr. Gravel also wrote an open letter to the separatist newspaper Le Devoir in which he claims to be the victim of an organized witch hunt on the part of LSN. Again he claims that LSN is lying or using half-truths. He’d better be careful about what he says because the tables could turn and he could find himself on the receiving end of a libel suit.
Of note, Fr. Gravel mentions in two separate places that his critics are anglophones. Why is this relevant? Would it make a difference if they spoke Swahili? This smells like typical anti-anglophone bigotry, the stuff on which the Bloc Québécois (for which Fr. Gravel used to be an MP) was founded. Those of us who have lived in Québec can recognize these subtle manifestations of intolerance. Besides, his statement is false. I’m a francophone and I wrote to him in French. He conveniently simplifies the problem to make it into another English-French conflict in order to stir up the ire of the separatist readership.
Fr. Gravel is his worst enemy
Why do you think Fr. Gravel runs to the Catholic-bashing media for support? And why does this ultra-liberal Québec media give him a soapbox every single time he wants to rant? Is it because he’s as pro-life and orthodox as he claims in these articles? Let’s not be ridiculous. The media embraces him because he’s one of them, a pro-choice homosexualist liberal.
Sadly, Fr. Gravel’s own words incriminate him. He has nowhere to hide. He brought this on himself. I earnestly wish he would convert and adhere to the Gospel with his whole heart. But until then, he cannot continue to be a Catholic priest. John-Henry Westen, the editor of LSN, wrote a beautiful editorial on the Fr. Gravel controversy in which he displayed deep Christian love for this wayward priest. Please take a few minutes to read it.
This charade has to stop
Fr. Gravel is feeling the heat, big time. The fact that he’s doing a media tour is a sign of panic. We need to make sure that the hierarchy takes action.
I strongly recommend that you contact the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and urge them to pull the plug on this priest until he repents. Their email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. You don’t need to be a scholar to send them an email. It only takes a couple of minutes. Live up to your label of “fanatic” and “extremist”. 🙂 You will be doing Fr. Gravel and the Church a great favour.
Together, we can make sure that his days are numbered. The end is near, I can feel it. We just need to push a bit more.