Elderly Canadian priest suspended for denouncing abortion, homosexual behavior
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Elderly Canadian priest suspended for denouncing abortion, homosexual behavior
by Patrick B. Craine

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/elderly...osexuality

"BATHURST, New Brunswick, September 22, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – 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.

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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
E-mail: valeryv@nb.aibn.com
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Is that contact for the priest's superior? 
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Go thy ways, old Jack;
die when thou wilt, if manhood, good manhood, be
not forgot upon the face of the earth, then am I a
shotten herring. There live not three good men
unhanged in England; and one of them is fat and
grows old: God help the while! a bad world, I say.
I would I were a weaver; I could sing psalms or any
thing. A plague of all cowards, I say still.
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a bishop in full communion a catholic in the right sense
sip
and yet some on here oh i hear them now
"click clack paddy whack ah well"

sip
uh uh
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(09-23-2011, 10:34 PM)Mithrandylan Wrote: Is that contact for the priest's superior? 

Yes, it's the contact info provided by LifeSite News for the priest's superior, the bishop. The bishop who removed him for being Catholic.
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(09-23-2011, 10:57 PM)SaintRafael Wrote:
(09-23-2011, 10:34 PM)Mithrandylan Wrote: Is that contact for the priest's superior? 

Yes, it's the contact info provided by LifeSite News for the priest's superior, the bishop. The bishop who removed him for being Catholic.

Good.

Thanks for posting this.
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Go thy ways, old Jack;
die when thou wilt, if manhood, good manhood, be
not forgot upon the face of the earth, then am I a
shotten herring. There live not three good men
unhanged in England; and one of them is fat and
grows old: God help the while! a bad world, I say.
I would I were a weaver; I could sing psalms or any
thing. A plague of all cowards, I say still.
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(09-23-2011, 10:57 PM)SaintRafael Wrote:
(09-23-2011, 10:34 PM)Mithrandylan Wrote: Is that contact for the priest's superior? 

Yes, it's the contact info provided by LifeSite News for the priest's superior, the bishop. The bishop who removed him for being Catholic.

Was it St. John Chrysostom who said "the floor of hell is paved with the skulls of rotten bishops"?
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(09-23-2011, 10:32 PM)SaintRafael Wrote: 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.

Whaaaat.....?

This is so depressing. The bishop should be supporting this priest, not persecuting him. FFS.
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Miserere nobis.  :pray:
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elderly priest suspended for being Catholic.

Lord have mercy on this perverse generation.
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Totally not surprised. The lavender mafia has been waging a sustained campaign to shut down solid priests.

Still, I'd rather that these priests started taking to task the homosexuals within the Church hierarchy, before worrying about gays who aren't even Catholic. I suppose this one has done that, at least.
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