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Friday, September 23, 2011

Something Tells Me They Would Have Criticized Jesus & John the Baptist's Lack of "Pastoral Sensititvity" As Well

Based on what I read in an article in the Telegraph-Journal, it looks like the only lack of sensitivity on Fr. Donat Gionet's part was towards those in the chancery who don't want to rock the boat. It strikes me that they are more concerned with keeping the mayor of Saint-Leolin, Joseph Lanteigne, an open homosexual & member of the parish council, who demanded the priest’s suspension, happy rather than having the truth preached. In fact, I suspect that as far as Lanteigne goes, there would have been no "pastorally sensative" way to put it. I am willing to bet that he doesn't want the Church's teaching mentioned at all. For that matter, I suspect the powers that be in the parish are more concerned with keeping those in power happy than having what the Catholic Church actually teaches proclaimed as well.
This same bunch won't admit it, but they would probably have applauded Herod Antipas for locking up John the Baptist after he condemned Herod's divorce of his wife Phasaelis & his subsequent marriage to Herodias, who was divorced from his brother Herod Philip I.
Or how about the criticism Jesus leveled towards Chorazin, Bethsaida & Capernaum found in Matthew 11? That wouldn't have passed their criteria for being "pastorially sensative." I am sure they wouldn't have approved of Jesus calling the Synagogue leaders a brood of vipers. (Matthew 12) Ditto what Jesus said to the lawyers & Pharasees in Luke 11.
So what did Fr. Gionet say that they found so bad? In a letter written in French to the paper, Fr. Gionet stated the sermon in question was about the destruction of the Church & the need to seek forgiveness for past sins:
"I said: 'Today, it is we Catholics who are destroying our Catholic Church. We need only look at the number of abortions among Catholics, look at the homosexuals, and ourselves.' (That's when I pointed at my chest - through that action I wanted to say, we the priests) and I continued saying: We are destroying our Church ourselves. And that's when I said that those were the words expressed by Pope John Paul II. At that point, in the St-Léolin church only, I added: 'We can add to that the practice of watching gay parades, we are encouraging this evil' ... What would you think of someone who seeing what was happening on (Sept.) 11, 2001, the crumbling of the towers, had begun clapping? We must not encourage evil, whatever form it takes."
IMHO opinion, Fr. Gionet wasn't saying anything that Jesus wouldn't have said in similar circumstances. & the actions taken by the diocese to silence him simply proves that he was right & they didn't like what they were (or should say weren't doing?) pointed out.

Elderly priest suspended for denouncing abortion, homosexual behavior

BATHURST, New Brunswick, September 22, 2011 ( – 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.”

Fr. Wade did not return numerous calls from LifeSiteNews over two days.

A member of the Eudist Fathers, Fr. Gionet had been accused by parishioners of “homophobia” in media reports last week after he criticized a homosexual parade in Moncton in an August 20-21 homily. His loudest critic was the mayor of Saint-Leolin, Joseph Lanteigne, an open homosexual and member of the parish council, who demanded the priest’s suspension.

In an open letter Thursday, Fr. Gionet laments that the diocese did not give him an opportunity to explain himself before suspending him.

“To you, the diocesan authorities: did you ask me what I said exactly during the homily in question?” the priest asks. “They did not, but only listened to people who are frustrated.”

When asked if he would continue making similar comments, he says he can only respond “yes.” “And if they asked me about the homily, in its entirety, I could not say ‘no’ because for me it is important to speak the truth,” he insists.

He explained that in the August homily he noted that while “the gates of hell” seek to destroy the Church, it is, in fact, Catholics who “destroy our Church” today. He pointed to the high number of abortions among Catholics and the presence of homosexuality in the Church. He emphasized that cohabitating couples and homosexuals ought not to receive the Eucharist, but are still welcome to join the Church at Mass.

“After these reflections, there were no other allusions whatsoever,” he says, adding that in the homily he went on to speak of the power of forgiveness offered through the Church.

The priest said that he is now living “like the first Christians did at the beginning of the Church: they had to hide in the catacombs to pray or celebrate the Eucharist.”

The Diocese has released a letter to the faithful explaining the suspension, according to French-language media reports. Bishop Valery Vienneau explains that the priest had refused to alter his statements, and the bishop expressed regret that the comments had upset the faithful.

Contact Information:

Most Rev. Valéry Vienneau, Bishop of Bathurst
645, avenue Murray
C.P. 460
Bathurst, NB E2A 3Z4
Tel: (506) 546-1420
Fax: (506) 548-5565


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