“It is not hard to believe that there is now such a thing [as canceled priests], as personally I’ve known many priests who have been canceled,” Gibson said. “But not for the reasons you’d think. It’s not like they did a hit-and-run drive and left the scene of the crime, or embezzled church funds, stole the altar wine, or committed some other heinous crime. No, not at all.
“And who’s persecuting them? Well, their own bishops. How’s that?”
Gibson, maintaining a conversational tone throughout, proceeded to give his take on who the bishops are.
“A pack of men who generally, passively sit by and tolerate any kind of nonsense,” he said, “but if one of their priests utter something that resembles orthodoxy, well then they spring into action, they reprimand him and they bully him and do their best to cancel him. And succeed, they drum him out of the service. Off he goes.
“I’m really sorry about that. It’s a grave injustice, and it’s a kind of white martyrdom.”
Gibson explained he was shunned by bishops when promoting “The Passion of the Christ,” a film criticized for its violence and depiction of Jews.
“Those men couldn’t get away from me fast enough,” he said. “And all but a few of them turned their back on me. It was pretty telling about who they were. A pretty insipid bunch, and it doesn’t look like anything’s changed.”
The coalition’s website said that “in recent decades, an aberrant, non-Catholic element has manifested within the priesthood and hierarchy. This element is easy to identify thanks to its most striking characteristic — an unwillingness to resist, and even a desire to celebrate, secular corruptions that have been condemned by the Church since its founding.” Newsmax
Comment: I have known priests and bishops crucified in following the example of their Master, Jesus, but most are mere careerists who don’t like women for whatever reason. As Gibson says, this has been a growing tendency for decades. It is killing the Church in America. pl
The Church has far too many Father Guido Sarducci types, but I feel Archbishop Viganò is foremost among them. He seems extremely bitter over not getting the right positions to become a cardinal as he thought he deserved.
That Coalition for Cancelled Priests seems more concerned about the Latin Mass than the more central tenets of Catholic orthodoxy like proclaiming the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. Anyway, I really doubt Jesus conducted the Last Supper in Latin. I do wonder how fervent they are about ALL the mortal sins declared in 2008 under Pope Benedict XVI. There are things here I wasn’t aware of until tonight from this old article in the Australian “The Age”.
“The Vatican has overhauled its list of mortal sins, adding several more to cope with the age of globalisation. The new sins take aim at those who undermine society in far reaching ways, including by taking or dealing in drugs, polluting the environment, and engaging in “manipulative” genetic science, The Times of London reports. Also new to the list are paedophilia, abortion, and social injustices that cause poverty or “the excessive accumulation of wealth by a few”.
Whatever his motivations I think Archbishop Viganò is important voice calling out progressivism in the Church and much more. Many will consider him a conspiracy theorist, I do not. I’d simply encourage people to read what he has to say and judge for themselves. Here is his latest:
Sadly, the Catholic Church died with the Second Vatican Council. A billion novenas in Latin couldn’t save it now. 🙁
My wife is a fan of Fr Malachi Martin’s “novels”. She also goes back to some of Bishop Fulton Sheen’s works which she finds prophetic concerning the current state of the church.