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Vatican Appoints Strongly Pro-life Bp. Wenski to 'Gay-Friendly' Miami Archdiocese
Life Site News ^ | April 20, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert and John Jalsevac

Posted on 04/20/2010 1:50:07 PM PDT by NYer

VATICAN CITY, April 20, 2010 ( - Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Florida, to become the next metropolitan archbishop of Miami, which has gained a reputation as a "gay-friendly" diocese for hosting homosexualist events.

Wenski will replace Archbishop John Favalora, whose resignation was accepted by the Vatican on Tuesday. Although Favalora will not turn 75, the usual age for requesting retirement, until this December, the Vatican did not give a reason for allowing the early resignation. He led the archdiocese for 16 years.

Archbishop-elect Wenski, who speaks English, Spanish and Creole and will serve a large Cuban and Haitian community in his new archdiocese.

In 2004 Wenski won notoriety for his strong pro-life pastoral care after he warned in a column that pro-abortion Catholics who insist on receiving communion were "boorish and sacrilegious" and comparable to Pontius Pilate. He insisted that bishops have an obligation to rebuke individuals who gravely contravene Church teaching, and compared the failure to chastise pro-abortion politicians with the failure of some bishops to protect young people from predatory homosexuals in the priesthood.

"To fail to rebuke when necessary is to fail in the charity we owe our brethren. (And we bishops will be apologizing for a long time for the failure to rebuke and apply sanctions to those wayward priests who criminally sinned against young people and children)," wrote Wenski.

In addition, prior to the 2004 presidential election Bishop Wenski issued a statement in which he said that all citizens must "oppose uncompromisingly policies and laws that undermine the common good."

"The church - clergy and laity - while agreeing to disagree on other matters of prudential judgment cannot but oppose the evils of abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem-cell research, human cloning and so-called same-sex marriage. In these areas, there can be no other legitimate Catholic position."

In April of last year, Bishop Wenski was one of the 80 or so bishops who weighed in against the University of Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Barack Obama. In a column on the Orlando Diocese website, he wrote that, "Notre-Dame (at least in its Administration and Board) has forgotten what it means to be Catholic."

The Miami archdiocese, on the other hand, has a substantial history of allowing disregard for Church teaching on key issues: in February of last year, Miami's St. Patrick Catholic Church hosted the Miami Gay Men's Chorus, which has been received by archdiocesan institutions in the past. In addition, two of the archdiocese's other parishes were listed as "Gay-Friendly" in a Conference of Catholic Lesbians directory.

Fr. Richard Rohr, a pro-homosexuality and pro-contraception Franciscan speaker, has also found a venue to speak in the archdiocese on multiple occasions. 

The archdiocese gave no comment to when asked about both invitations.

The diocese's St. Thomas University has also hosted Sr. Miriam MacGillis, a "goddess-worshipping" nun who promotes a pantheistic "eco-spiritualism," while the diocese's Barry University has hosted Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, who holds views similar to those of Sr. MacGillis. Both universities are also listed as "gay-friendly" by the Conference of Catholic Lesbians.

See related coverage:

Florida Bishop Rebukes Pro-Abortion, Communion Receiving Catholics

“Gay-Friendly” Miami Archdiocese Features Goddess-Worshipping Nun at Diocesan University

Miami Archdiocese Sponsors Concert by Gay Men’s Chorus

Miami Archdiocese again Features Prominent Gay-Activist Priest

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: apostasy; bishops; catholic; celebratesin; favalora; florida; homosexualagenda; miami; orlando; sodomites; wenski

1 posted on 04/20/2010 1:50:07 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

A bit more detailed than the first article.

2 posted on 04/20/2010 1:50:42 PM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

He still hasn’t impressed me. On the contrary his positions are more in line (except abortion and gays) with the left wing of the Democratic Party.

He worked with acorn and lobbied heavily for Illegal Aliens to be given drivers licenses and identification cards.

Also, He let the Catholic School System in the Diocese sink nearly unrecoverable levels.

In short he was the worst Bishop in the 40 year history of the Orlando Diocese.

His record is unblemished. No achievements.

3 posted on 04/20/2010 2:00:29 PM PDT by JBR34
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To: NYer

Strongly pro-life bishop? SHOCKING!!

4 posted on 04/20/2010 2:21:57 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Is the difference between "anticipating" and "just waiting" the same as between "when" and "if"?)
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To: NYer

Will be better than Archbishop John Favalora!

5 posted on 04/20/2010 4:34:42 PM PDT by Salvation ( "With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: JBR34
**He worked with acorn**

Perhaps you were not aware!

U.S. Bishops Cut All Funding to ACORN, Activities Funded Hard to Determine
Bishop discusses reasons behind cutoff of ACORN funding
Catholic Church drops ACORN funding

6 posted on 04/20/2010 4:36:10 PM PDT by Salvation ( "With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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"strongly pro-life bishop"

How come this isn't redundant?

7 posted on 04/20/2010 5:36:08 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (John Paulson is the new Michael Milken?)
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