Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bishop Robert McElroy's response at a "listening session" highlights the need for a revision of Canon Law

From the San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, during one of his "listening sessions," was asked:

"Would engaging in homosexual acts with another consenting adult end a priest’s career?"

To which the Bishop replied:

“It could. It’s a serious violation of his vow of celibacy...But I am not prepared to say that any single action between consenting adults would mean automatic dismissal."

As this excellent article from CWR explains:

"..it has only been in the last 35 years, since the advent of the 1983 Code, that such “consensual adult relationships” among clergy have not been treated as crimes under canon law!

1917 CIC 2359 § 2 stated:

If [clerics] engage in a delict against the sixth precept of the Decalogue with a minor below the age of sixteen, or engage in adultery, debauchery, bestiality, sodomy, pandering, [or] incest with blood-relatives or affines in the first degree, they are suspended, declared infamous, and are deprived of any office, benefice, dignity, responsibility, if they have such, whatsoever, and in more serious cases, they are to be deposed."

Perhaps it's time to revise the Code of Canon Law once again so that these perverted "consensual adult relationships" may once more be deemed crimes under Church Law?


Unknown said...


Though I am the Light
you walk in the darkness
Though I am the Might
you follow the barkless

Though I am the Truth
you prefer the lier’s booth
Though I am the Way
you say it’s ok to be gay

Though I am the Life
you choose eternal death
Where weeping and gnashing is rife
and for sure there won’t be any Meth

Oh you stubborn generation
stop this horrific aberration
You keep flirting with the seducer
so don’t blame Me, blame the abuser

Though I am the utter Merciful 
I’m also the eternal Just
Your behavior is extremely hurtful
My patience you finally bust.

Wake up and smell the coffee or it will be too late.
Lord, please, hasten Your Coming

Rita Biesemans, written May 13 2014

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

This is why faithful Catholics in the Springfield [Massachusetts] Diocese did not respect the "listening sessions" called for by Bishop Rozanski.

The same dishonest process has been employed across the country. It's a sham.


Andrew said...

I said from the beginning that Rozanski's listening sessions, with their miniscule amount of allotted time to speak, were a farce, a dog and pony show crafted to make it appear that he and other bishops actually give a damn. But it was, like most things these atheists in shepherd's clothing say and do, a farce.

These predators and predator enablers have no interest in reform and renewal. They are not morally suited toward cleaning house and should resign.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Cardinal Muller on the problem of homosexual clerics:


Unknown said...


Our Lord and His Holy Mother
are weeping bloody tears
as their children don't bother
to live in perdition gears

the tears splatter on rocky hearts
on a demeanor of "who cares"
as long as we don't feel the smarts
we'll take care of our own affairs

walking farther and farther away
spitting and mocking God in His Face
denying He made us out of the clay
worshipping gods of the human race

we think ourselves so enlightened
we don't need no Heavenly God
no more need to be so frightened
we join gladly the evil one's squad

while Heaven is crying
the devils laugh
the unrepentant dying
join the devils' staff

The day will come
that HE will say :
"enough, enough
no more rebuff "

Then the earthlings
will cry to no avail
Joe 6 packs nor Kings
will escape eternal wail.

Rita Biesemans April 26 2013
Feast Day of Our Lady of Good Counsel

Beacon Street Catholic said...

Now we fully understand why Francis asked the U.S. Bishops to delay a vote on the abuse crisis in the Church until his Synod next year:


TLM said...

Just an FYI: As these wayward unfaithful Bishops seem to be everywhere, we have a few and maybe a precious few who are truly faithful Catholic Bishops. Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, WI. passed away Sat evening after a 'cardiac event' on the Wed. before Thanksgiving. Not only the Diocese of Madison, but the entire Church has lost a 'Lion for Jesus in His true Church'. For everything these derelict Bishops that spout heresy are, Bishop Morlino was the opposite, and he wasn't afraid to publicly and boldly proclaim truth. A grievous loss for all of us. May he rest in the peace of Christ and may he now help our ailing Church more than he ever could while on the earth. We've truly lost a treasure....pray for his soul.

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