Read this and try hard not to weep.
Elderly Canadian priest suspended for denouncing abortion, homosexual behavior
BY PATRICK B. CRAINE
BATHURST, New Brunswick, September 22, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, New Brunswick has removed an elderly priest from active ministry after he caused a storm of controversy by denouncing homosexuality, cohabitation, and abortion in an August homily.
85-year-old Fr. Donat Gionet had retired to his home town of Caraquet in June to serve palliative care patients, and now laments that in his declining years he is being forced to celebrate Mass “in secret.”
Fr. Wesley Wade, the diocese’s vicar general, told Radio-Canada that Fr. Gionet’s comments were consistent with Church teaching, but lacked the proper “pastoral” sensitivity.
“It was mainly the pastoral approach that was lacking,” Fr. Wade said. “A lack of respect, perhaps, for the people identified, for the groups of people as well, which caused a division in the community. It was a difficult decision.” (Source)
It was a dumb decision.
What a disgrace. They acknowledge that what he said is consistent with Church teaching yet he gets suspended anyways. No second chances for faithful priests nowadays. Just tar ’em and feather ’em. By the way, did you notice how all the fluffy fetish words of the marshmallow crowd are in that last paragraph: pastoral, respect, division.
Also, the suspended priest says that the diocese never even gave him a chance to explain himself before suspending him. No fair hearing? Shoot first and ask questions later? That’s not how the Catholic Church operates.
You don’t suppose that the bishop’s decision was influenced by the mayor of town, Joseph Lanteigne, who’s an open homosexual and member of the parish council, and who demanded the priest’s suspension? Nah, couldn’t be. Canadian bishops never stoop that low, right?
This will be a black mark on the record of Bishop Valery Vienneau.
The mainstream media even picked up on the story, with the Telegraph Journal of Saint John, NB publishing an article entitled “Priest barred from saying mass.”
But the kicker comes from one of the comments left under the article at the Telegraph Journal by a guy named Mike from Fredericton. It tells you everything you need to know about what signal Bishop Vienneau is sending:
So the Pope speaks out against homosexuality & abortion among other things and he reflects Catholic Church doctrine. Yet a Priest says the same and is taken to task, losing his job and his home.
I do not agree with the good Father’s words but he was spouting Catholic doctrine. I have to wonder why this heavy handed solution. Certain priests accused of violating young children were merely moved to another parish or elevated to another position. Makes one wonder just what the Catholic Church is all about.
Congratulations, Bishop Vienneau. A brilliant piece of spiritual mass destruction.