Inviting Dissent: The Gaillardetz Visit

At their annual plenary assembly held in Cornwall, Ontario between October 19-23, 2009, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) – amid a firestorm of controversies including the Development & Peace Abortion Scandal and the charge against Bishop Raymond Lahey for possession of child pornography – invited dissenting theologian Richard Gaillardetz, a professor at the University of Toledo, to address them at the Plenary Assembly.  Gaillardetz is noteworthy for his dissent on a number of core Catholic issues, most notably on contraception and the infallible status of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, John Paul II’s apostolic letter which infallibly declared that women could not be ordained to the priesthood.  Socon or Bust’s Investigative report prompted the CCCB to seek a response from Gaillardetz.  Gaillardetz’s letter to the CCCB precipitated a number of exchanges and blog entries on the subject of his problematic positions, and whether it was appropriate for the CCCB to invite a noted dissenter to address them at their Plenary Assembly. (09.10)

Original Critique of the writings of Dr. Richard Gaillardetz by Dr. Fastiggi (Socon or Bust)

Why Have the Canadian Bishops Invited a Dissenter to Speak At Their Plenary Assembly? (Socon or Bust)

Canadian Bishops’ Plenary to be Addressed on the Priesthood by Women Priests Advocate (LifeSite)

Jerusalem has become a harlot (Socon or Bust)

Gaillardetz and the meaning of “Definitive” (Socon or Bust)

CCCB Plenary Presenter Advocated Obama as the ‘Pro-Life Candidate,’ Was Criticized by His Bishop (LifeSite)

CCCB singles out Socon or Bust’s Criticism of Gaillardetz (Socon or Bust)

Dr. Fastiggi Responds to Gaillardetz’s Letter (Socon or Bust)

All Gaillardetz’s Glitter is Not Gold (Part 1) (Socon or Bust)

All Gaillardetz’s Glitter is Not Gold (Part 2) (Socon or Bust)

All Gaillardetz’s Glitter is Not Gold (Part 3) (Socon or Bust)

Slandering the faithful (

Cover Letter on Response to CCCB (Socon or Bust)

Stirring the Pot (Socon or Bust)

Canadian Bishops’ Conference and Pro-Obama Plenary Speaker Respond to Criticism Over Invitation (LifeSite)

Subterfuge Unmasked (Socon or Bust)

Reply to Richard Gaillardetz on the ordinary universal magisterium and to Francis Sullivan (Dr. Lawrence J. Welch.)

Canadian Bishops Plenary Speaker Addressed Dissident Group Condemned by Vatican (LifeSite)

Gaillardetz says U.S bishops exhibited “a horrible moral failure” (Socon or Bust)

Not Misunderstood (Socon or Bust/WCR)

Gaillardetz: “Consider finding bishops from laymen” (Socon or Bust)

A Perception of “Vatican Ignorance or Arrogance” (Socon or Bust)

Attacking Richard Gaillardetz: What Exactly is the Goal Here? (Vox Nova)

Charity for me but not for thee. (Socon or Bust)

Gaillardetz Comes and Goes, Dissent Not Challenged (Socon or Bust)

Gaillardetz & The CCCB (Kakistokrat)

Tricky Ricky Is Back Again! (Socon or Bust)

Tricky Ricky Getting A Rough Ride (Socon or Bust)

“Not just another marriage conference?” (Socon or Bust)

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz Will Speak at St. Mark Parish (Would Jesus Attend?)

One thought on “Inviting Dissent: The Gaillardetz Visit

  1. In the September 27, 2008 article in the Toledo Blade, Mr. Gaillardetz, in reference to Mr. Obama, concludes his article by saying that “There is a pro-life candidate out there — and it turns out he’s a Democrat!” In light of the fact that Mr. Obama, make that President Obama now, is pushing the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), how can he possibly be considered the “pro-life” candidate? Thankfully, the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo, pointed out in an October 4th, 2008 article in the same paper that FOCA would “deprive the American people in all 50 states of the freedom they now have to enact modest restraints and regulations on the abortion industry, and would coerce all Americans into subsidizing and promoting abortion with their tax dollars”. Bishop Blair also points out that Mr. Gaillardetz’s “opinions regarding the issue of abortion, and Roe vs. Wade in particular, do not reflect the clear and consistent moral position of the United States Catholic bishops”.

    I find the decision to invite Mr. Gaillardetz as a speaker to Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops difficult to understand.

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