The editor of LifeSiteNews.com, John-Henry Westen, wrote a very thoughtful reply to Fr. Raymond Gravel’s op-ed in Le Devoir. Fortunately, Le Devoir accepted to publish Mr. Westen’s reply.
Here’s a key quote (my translation):
Fr. Gravel is a Roman Catholic priest, and he is obliged to teach and incarnate the religion he professes. However, throughout his priesthood, he has decided to publicly criticize the teachings of the Catholic Church with regards to homosexuality and abortion. By shedding light on these irregularities, LifeSiteNews.com hoped and continues to hope that Fr. Gravel would repent for his own good and for the good of the faithful Catholics that have been scandalized, and worse, led astray by his false teachings. […]
Why profess a religion and become its representative while distorting its teaching? In other words, deciding that this Church should be different, more to his liking, and then try to destabilize it in order to better redesign it from the inside?
Hopefully, this article will be a wake-up call for many Catholics in Québec. Its publication in Le Devoir raises the profile of Fr. Gravel’s dissent and will precipitate a resolution to this issue. This is good news indeed.
Socon or Bust has been investigating Fr. Gravel’s writings and we have found some disturbing stuff. Sadly, his dissent is a whole lot broader than just homosexuality and abortion. We will be posting our findings in the following days and weeks.
In the meantime, I encourage you to keep writing to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at firstname.lastname@example.org to respectfully express your concerns about Fr. Gravel and his bishop and to request a prompt resolution. Thanks to all who have already written.
Let’s keep praying for Fr. Gravel, his bishop and all like-minded clergymen.