Father Rosica, however, later slammed Westen’s article and denied his reference was aimed directly at Arroyo. In a September 9 interview with Bob Dunning on “Across the Nation” (Sirius Catholic Radio), the priest said:I don’t agree with Raymond Arroyo’s blog that he wrote criticizing Cardinals McCarrick and O’Malley…. For them to say that I aimed everything at Raymond Arroyo; there were about 20 different people. Raymond Arroyo was the most public that they cited, which I didn’t mention in my article, but we all saw Raymond Arroyo’s blog, but we saw many other people stirring up — and priests especially, who claim to be pro-life, causing more division in the Church. (Taken from a transcript of the program.)Father Rosica went on to explain to Dunning, “I think civility, charity, kindness, and humanity — when they fall from the picture, when they are not present, we have a big problem on our hands.”Yet, in his September 3 blogpost this is how he described the critics of the Kennedy funeral:Through vicious attacks launched on blogs, a new form of self-righteousness, condemnation, and gnosticism reveals authors who behave as little children bullying one another around in schoolyards — casting stones, calling names, and wreaking havoc in the Church today! What such people fail to realize is that their messages are ultimately screamed into a vacuum. No one but their own loud crowd is really listening…. Sowing seeds of hatred and division are not the work of those who wish to build a culture of life (emphasis added).I have read through Arroyo’s comment several times and have found nothing like what Father Rosica describes above. Interestingly enough, the priest also took a swing at the internationally respected LifeSite News:For the 1/10th of kernel of truth that they purport to uncover, and there is truth in what they do, 9/10ths is exaggeration. It is bombastic, it is derisive and it is divisive (emphasis added). (Source: Inside Catholic.com)
September 14, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the most scathing attack ever publicly directed at LifeSiteNews.com by a prominent clergyman, Fr. Thomas Rosica, President and CEO of Salt and Light Television, went so far as to accuse LifeSiteNews.com of doing the “work of Satan” in an interview on Sirius Satellite Radio’s The Catholic Channel.
In the September 9 interview, Fr. Rosica told “Across The Nation” host Bob Dunning: “We have an agency in Canada functioning called LifeSite. It purports itself to be a news service for the areas and issues of life. I will say very publicly to those listening – it is not credible, it does not speak for the Church, it is not ethical, it is not honest.”
Rosica, who spoke of the need for “civility, charity, kindness and humanity” in the pro-life movement, at the same time said of LSN: “I encourage people to know that this is not an authentic instrument at the service of unity and at the service of the Church. It is causing division.”
He continued: “For the one-tenth of kernel of truth that they purport to uncover (and there is truth in what they do) nine-tenths is exaggeration. It is bombastic, it is derisive and it is divisive.”
He concluded the assault on LSN saying: “I think we have to be very clear and say that part of the work of Satan is to divide – to pit people against each other and they are succeeding quite well.”….
Fr. Rosica, far from being a source of healing and restoration in the Catholic Church, is becoming a source of division and disunity. Certainly, these are not qualities that would make a good bishop. That is for certain.
Fr. Rosica is telling us very “publicly” that LSN is “not credible, not ethical, not honest”. That’s a bit rich coming from the man who elevated Msgr. Weisgerber and Development & Peace to super scandal status in the Catholic Church in Canada. Credible? Like Salt + Light’s whitewash coverage of Development & Peace, despite the overwhelming evidence? This must be some kind of sick joke. Not one jot or tittle that LSN or Socon or Bust has alleged as fact has ever been successfully rebutted or contradicted. Not one.
By the way, I found yet another new anti-Catholic organization that Development & Peace is sponsoring which I will be featuring soon enough. Not that this fact means much to those sleuths at Salt + Light. Move on folks, nothing much to see here.
Hey, Father, pay attention: LSN may not speak for the Church, but I tell you most solemnly that, unless you repent, you will never speak for me, my family, or the pro-life movement.