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Rules and Tools for Radical Pastors #22 – … and Here Are Some of Your Friends

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The more we learn about the friends of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) the more we must return to what we said in April in our post Rules and Tools For Radical Pastors #21 – Be Careful Whom You Choose for Friends. Please take the time to re-read that post so that you know where the AUSCP stands on one facet of the this post’s concern. In April, we concluded by saying:

It appears that our Pastor has chosen the 1,200 priests of AUSCP to be his friends. That might have been a bad choice. That is why we have entitled this post “Be Careful Whom You Choose for Friends.”

Now, let’s meet some other friends of the AUSCP, and by association, possible friends of our Pastor. They are Bishop Robert McElroy of the Diocese of San Diego and the Jesuit priest and author, Father James Martin, SJ. Before we venture into our discussion, you need to know that Bishop McElroy will be a featured speaker at the AUSCP 2018 Assembly in Albuquerque, June 25-28.

On September 18th, the AUSCP FaceBook site carried the notice seen on the left, inviting all to read the story Bishop McElroy: Attacks on Father James Martin expose a cancer within the U.S. Catholic Church that appeared in the online magazine America – Jesuit Review.  This was a story defending the views of Fr. Martin concerning the the Catholic Church and the LGBT community as presented in Fr. Martin’s recent book Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the L.G.B.T. Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity.
It was clear that by posting the link to Bishop McElroy’s article that at least some AUSCP members were in favor of what the Bishop had to say in defense of Fr. Martin. In the words of a comment on the link posting, “Bishop McElroy nailed it. I’m not surprised at that.
There is always more than one side to a story. My beautiful spouse and I always try to find the side that rings of truth in the context of the traditional teaching of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. You can be sure that we consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Canon Law, and other official documents. After doing so, as you might suspect, we strongly disagree with Fr. James Martin, Bishop McElroy, and the AUSCP.
Others disagree as well. For instance Fr. Zuhlsdorf in his post Wherein Fr. Z responds to some points made by Bp. McElroy provides a great deal of insightful commentary. In this 100th anniversary year of Our Lady of Fatima, Fr. Z reminds us:

The other thing I thought about as I read the Bishop’s unfortunate phrase is that Our Lady of Fatima warned about sins against chastity.

Our Lady said:

“More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”


Bottom Line: If our Pastor attends the AUSCP 2018 Assembly as he did in 2016 and 2017, he will will be with his AUSCP friends, his Bishop McElroy friend, and at least in spirit with his Fr. Martin friend. Dear Pastor, consider our Blessed Mother – your Blessed Mother, would she want you to hang out with friends like that. The “salvation of souls is the supreme law.”



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