A parish in the San Jose diocese in California is openly employing a gay married man, who is an active member of the parish council.
Saint Clare parish in Santa Clara has posted on its parish website brief biographies of their parish council members. On a page titled “Meet the St. Clare Parish Council,” the biography of parishioner John Sullivan ends with the following: “John and his husband Willie are the parents of twin third graders at St. Clare School.”
Even though Sullivan and his same-sex husband are in custody of two children, he nevertheless works for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County as the director of training for psychology doctoral interns, providing “assessment and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples and families in Spanish and English.”
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois issued guidelines last month, which bar from ministry individuals involved in a public, same-sex marriages. “Persons who are publicly living in a same-sex marriage are not to serve in a public liturgical ministry, including but not limited to reader and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion,” wrote Bp. Paprocki.
He also refused to admit same-sex couples to the sacraments or grant them a Catholic funeral “unless they give some signs of repentance [of having lived a homosexual lifestyle] before their death.”
This was rejected two weeks later by Bp. Patrick McGrath of San Jose, who wrote, “We will not refuse the sacraments or Christian burial to anyone who requests them in good faith,” referring explicitly to the LGBT community.
Full story at Church Militant.
This scandalous statement on the parish website would not have happened unless the pastor knew that Bishop McGrath was cool with it. Accepting such a manifest grave sinner on the parish council is bad enough; to shamelessly flaunt him as a parish leader and to announce his evil state of life with pride is diabolical.
I’m not surprised the sodomite works for Leftist Charities.
The Diocese of San Jose has turned apostate. The bishop and priests do not uphold Catholic faith, and I personally wonder whether they profess Catholic faith. Our Lady of Peace is the only place in the diocese where you can find Catholic faith lived, taught, and practiced.
Some will criticize the bluntness of my remarks. How much more evidence do you need…
Don’t give up praying. The pendulum always swings back.
You are quite right, and we must charitably but firmly speak up no matter the consequences. This kind of behavior is not only harmful to the soul but to the body of all those who indulge in it. That is why the acts are called disordered in the catechism and Holy Scripture..
No amount of evidence would be sufficient, because those to whom you refer consider no wrong has occurred. That’s the indicia of corruption, the corrupt have no awareness of their state and have already abdicated to the evil one. Like arguing with Nancy Pelosi, don’t waste your time. The battle is for the uncommitted, not the confirmed nutsos.
The Diocese of San Jose has been apostate for many long years! Bishop McGrath is a total loss! The Jesuit Santa Clara University is a total loss! The excellent parish, Our Lady of Peace, has struggled under McGrath’s apostate leadership, for years! It is a big worry, those little twin third-graders, children of the two gay men, in the Catholic school — a big worry! The Catholic Church and all America, should have strong laws that firmly PROHIBIT children from living in these immoral, dangerous, wrongful situations!! Catholic Charities has needed a strong cleansing for years, and to be re-established as a truly Catholic organization, with firm Catholic morals to operate by!
I cannot understand why Catholic and civic leaders, do not become very highly alarmed, at situations of innocent children allowed to live LEGALLY— in potentially very harmful, immoral households, in which the parents are two “LGBT” adults, practicing gay sex perversions— and the poor children are lied to, and told, “Here are your “two fathers.” You do not need a Mommy.” And also being LIED TO and told, that Christian Marriage and morality is “nonsense,” acts of gay sex perversions are “NORMAL,” and kids may “choose” such a sinful “lifestyle” too, if they wish! Poor little children! How can you properly teach these kids in Catholic school, and prepare them for Sacraments??
Linda Maria .. I’m very interested in knowing what the big worry is about children of gay parents going to a Catholic school. What harm d you worry will it cause them or others? Regardless of their family situation don’t all Catholic children deserve to learn the Good News? What then should happen to them. “Demote” them to CCD? Give them no religious education at all? Remember the passage about “Sins of the Father”
C&H– Of course, surely, as a devout Catholic– you know what is wrong, here! How can the teachers in this Catholic school, possibly teach these kids all about the Sacraments, and properly prepare them for reception of the Sacraments— plus, how can they properly understand right from wrong– when at home, they have two men for “parents,” who are living in sin, defiant of Church teaching?? The home in which these poor children are being raised, places them at great risk of psychological, spiritual, and moral danger and damages, for years to come! Of course, you know the truth of this situation– if you are a devout Catholic!!
When I was young, long before the filthy, lawless, immoral 1960s– everyone in our country (even atheists!) believed that adults have a sacred responsibility, to always protect all children, from any sort of immoral or criminal activity that might be going on — and immediately whisk the children away to safety, from such situations!! Acts of deviant sex perversion were also against the law.
In our family, we were taught to be kind to everyone, and to pray for those “gone astray,” but we were also not allowed to spend time with them, personally. Be nice to the one or two Catholic girls who got pregnant in high school, and be kind and helpful, to the baby, when it arrives! Be kind to her embarrassed family, when you see her dad taking her and her Catholic boyfriend to the church, quietly, for a “shotgun” wedding! (which the Church stopped allowing!) Be kind and friendly to homosexuals, but if they do “wrongs”— stay away from that, and pray for them! Above all, be kind and friendly to all — but always uphold your Christian morals!
Anybody can make a mistake, commit a sin. One time, one of my uncles, one of my mom’s brothers, told her that he went looking for a relative in Italy, and could not find him. He was looking up family history and genealogy information. My mom joked with him, saying, “well, maybe he was illegitimate!” Everyone laughed! Everyone is a child of God, no one excepted. If anyone commits a sin, they will be forgiven, and loved always! And helped to go in the right path, in life! Come on home, repent, we love you, let’s begin a new life, with lots of love and support, from family and true friends!
There is another good and faithful Catholic Church in the Diocese of San Jose where the Faith is lived, taught, and practiced – the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory at Five Wounds Parish Church in San Jose. Run by the good Canons of the Institute of Christ the King, daily Mass and Confession are offered, and two Masses on Sunday. There are many Catholic devotions and retreats too, see their bulletin on their website:
Sunday Mass: Low Mass in IES chapel at 9:30a.m. High Mass in Main church at 12:30 p.m.
Monday—Friday Mass: 12:15pm
First Saturday Mass: 8:00pm
Other Saturdays Masses: 7:30am
Confession: daily before Mass
WONDERFUL!! YES, what a wonderful church, with Tridentine Latin Masses, and the priests (canons) of the Institute of Christ the King!
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory at Five Wounds Church, is WONDERFUL, with the beautiful Latin Tridentine Masses, of the priests of the Institute of Christ the King! Also love Our Lady of Peace, which is very faithful and orthodox!
Perhaps there is a misunderstanding here. APOSTACY is if someone formally and completely leaves the Catholic Faith, like the Roman Emperor Julian the Apostate. Although practicing immorality may lead to apostacy, they are not the same thing. Another difficulty here seems to be that many today, sadly, particularly those in leadership positions, seem to hold non-Catholic doctrines, but there is so much misunderstanding that these may be in material and not formal heresy. One can be a heretic without being an apostate! Today we are faced with heretics WITHIN the Church, not APOSTATES who have left the Church! Wonderful! It should come as no surprise that many of these fall into immoral practices! Ugh! A final comment is that the Church…
RQ, you don’t have to read Linda Maria’s !-laden posts to quickly realize she does not have a firm grasp of Catholic theology. Nor are nuanced pronouncements her metier. I am convinced that she is sincere, although her constant denunciations of the Church’s hierarchy [sometimes 22 posts on a single article] grow tiresome. Let us pray that she will begin to trust in the magisterium envisioned by Christ to faithfully teach, and come to more peace. And learn more of the Church’s real doctrinal positions. Truth to tell, though, she makes a point worthy to consider: there ARE outlier bishops who arrogate to themselves the twisting of traditional Catholic teaching, beyond recognition. And others who believe their own concrete views on…
social problems [such as poverty, climate change, the unequal administration of justice] are the ONLY admissible ones consistent with Church teaching. They are dealing with an educated laity nowadays, who won’t stand still for this. Their method of “teaching” is really disguised hubris, the speech of political operatives rather than shepherds. Their people see right through it. Bishop McElroy is a prime example. He’d do better to listen more and speechify less.
More of the “Drexel Model” of school.
More like ‘Dreadful.’
Pope Francis’s leadership seems to be having the same effect as that of Paul VI. As such, the Church seems to be regressing back to the 70s and 80s. It was a time of confusion and infighting that took the Church off-mission.
To borrow a famous quote, “Those who do not learn from history, are condemned to repeat it.”
No, in this case they’re happy to repeat it. The good guys no longer have a majority. That goes for the church, politics, society, everything. As Marx said, ‘there is nothing but the revolution.” For the people now in control, this isn’t about astute management, it’s about the war on Christendom. Like the idiot polls everyday who asked, “Is Obama doing a good job?” Sure, if you want the end of the United States, a universally imposed moral system called political correctness and the slaughter of the unborn and infirm. Liberalism is liberalism wherever it comes from, whether the White House or the Vatican, it all feeds the same funnel.
I can’t judge the intent of those in ecclesiastical power. But for all men of good will, they should know where this will lead.
C.S. Lewis, in his fictional work “The Great Divorce,” writes of a bishop in Hell because he ignored his conscience and sought praise and accolades from others instead of preaching Christ crucified. The bishop said that he was honest and followed his conscience. But a heavenly spirit informed the cleric that his conscience no longer bothered him because he had allowed it to become deformed. He was held accountable for not listening to his conscience before its deformation.
In typical C.S. Lewis fashion, the book is an excellent read.
The intent of liberals doesn’t have to be judged – it’s the destruction of tradition. Apparently though CS Lewis agrees with my post above at 7/9 5:46.
“works for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County as the director of training for psychology doctoral interns, providing “assessment and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples and families in Spanish and English.” The lunatics are running the asylum.
The relevance of the Drexel Model of schools to Mr. Sullivan might be . . . ??
As far as I can tell, St. Clare School, where the kids attend, belongs to Drexel.
see san jose mercury news article nov 18,2012, where a known sex offender was removed from a parish special event after great effort and protest from parish members who recognized him. the pastor, fr vu, insisted he had every right to be there because he carried a ‘special letter’ from high up in the diocese.. bishop mcgrath visited the parish to ask forgiveness and admitted that the mistake had been made ‘at the diocesan level’. parishioners demanded to see a copy of the ‘mystery letter’ and have transparency as to who was responsible for the decision to grant special permission to a child molester. i am not aware if…
follow-up occured for parishioners.
We aren’t talking about a sex offender
Why even pretend anymore? By and large, the institutional Catholic Church is entirely morally corrupt. Certainly there are pockets here and there, but the “filth,” as recognized by Benedict XVI, is obvious, and growing. The power structure created by Pope Francis seems to exist to justify the tsunami of homosexual (and other) offenses against God and Mankind. Their intent is entirely clear: make the Catholic Church a transparent host of homosexual sexual, and other, immoral behavior. San Jose is one of the leading parishes embracing this kind of philosophy, and is lead by Bishop McGrath. Avoid paying him any money.
Well said St. Chris,, sad but true….
McGrath doesn’t look like he has missed too many ‘Happy Meals’, and with his cap looking like a recycled McDonalds Fries Container – he could be a poster child for radicals who gaily surrender the Church to those who would use the donations of the Faithful in the pews to push the greatest Harm to said Faithful Donors.
You read my mind; he does not look healthy. What is up with Bishop McGrath? Is he just another PC homosexualist or the Real McCoy? ( …or should I say the Real McGrath?)
The modernist Spirit of Vatican 2 is not only alive well, but it dominates the great bulk of the modern Roman Catholic Church.
When you referred to the “great bulk of the modern Roman Catholic Church” did you have the good Bishop McGrath in mind? [and I’m told he pronounces it “McGrahhhhh”].
He received a masters at a “Jesuit” school of theology ? wonderful.
Remember Sodom and Gomorah!
Vatican II — the root of all the rot.
The root of all rot is evil: not an ecumenical council.
Read the end of this article with our Lord’s revelations to St. Catherine of Siena:
Well, look on the bright side. This may put the final nail in the coffin of “interfaith dialogue and halal potlucks.” “Muslim-Catholic Council formed in San Jose diocese” on cal-catholic .