Warning: offensive language
Will some gutsy American bishop please ordain Ben Kessler and send him to my diocese right now?!
Just one thing: Tell him to recant: not his original statement, but his unnecessary apology.
(Follow the link and listen to his speech.)
Tip to Dom for the link.
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Posted by: jai -
May. 28, 2006 10:15 AM ET USA
Ben could come to Lincoln where his vocation would be nurtured and perhaps, in due time, he could become the sort of bishop for which the Church Militant longs.
Posted by: -
May. 27, 2006 2:10 PM ET USA
In a few years, look for a "Report to the Committee" from ex-seminarian Ben Kessler, who, weary of fending off the homosexual advances of his peers and faculty, finally resigns in disgust, leaving an opening in the calendar of the psychiatrist he will undoubtedly have been ordered to see in order to resolve his paranoia and that new DSM-IV malady, "homophobia." He'd be much better off becoming acquainted with Opus Dei.
Posted by: Moneo -
May. 27, 2006 5:09 AM ET USA
As a very tired, nearly burned-out secondary school teacher, courageous young MEN like Ben Kessler and the courageous young MEN and WOMEN of the graduating class at the Kentucky high school who defied the ACLU and a judge to pray the Lord's Prayer at their commencement ceremony give me great, great hope. The Spirit is moving, and there are young people who hear His voice and will not allow themselves to be deceived. Let's pray for them all, and especially for Ben's vocation.
Posted by: RC -
May. 26, 2006 7:00 PM ET USA
Correction: Los Angeles is offering not an LOTH set, but an embossed LOTR set, with autographs by the cast.
Posted by: juon36 -
May. 25, 2006 9:36 PM ET USA
Ben, if I remember right ,Cardinal Arinze was boo'd & was walked out on at another "Catholic" college,& least we forget, so was Jesus walked out on, so you are in good company. A very wise & Holy prierst told me "never apologize when you speak the truth" people who do not want to hear the truth are always offended when it is spoken. God bless you & when you become a priest,please come back to Minn. With you & Fr. Altier, what a winning combination. JMJ
Posted by: Clorox -
May. 25, 2006 5:43 PM ET USA
Ben should have made the all-purpose-standard-liberal-non-apology: "I'm sorry you feel that way."
Posted by: Canismater -
May. 24, 2006 3:55 PM ET USA
Good for him...I think his formation has already started...learn much, Ben, so you can be a good Jedi. The most telling comment from Darin Aus:"Aus and other students were upset that St. Thomas officials didn't stop the speech. 'If someone were to start talking about their beliefs on gay rights, I guarantee you someone from the administration would have put an end to it right away,' Aus said." Wow...a bachelors degree and he can't see there's a difference! A good argument to close the place.
Posted by: Gil125 -
May. 24, 2006 12:49 PM ET USA
You can all forget having him in your dioceses. He's never going to get into a seminary. Unless maybe in Nebraska.
Posted by: -
May. 24, 2006 12:33 PM ET USA
May God abundantly bless and keep this brave young man who plans to become a priest. We desperately need brave REAL men such as this for the priesthood, especially here in Minnesota! We must all pray that this incident does not discourage him from his vocation and life's work. May God grant him the strength to bear this cross and bring souls to God through is orthodoxy!
Posted by: rpp -
May. 24, 2006 11:42 AM ET USA
Seriously, is there a fund somewhere so we can help pay for his seminary? We can auction him off after he is ordained. This young man needs to know how much appreciated he is. He needs our support and encouragement. Thank you, Mr. Ben Kessler. You are a voice of Truth crying in the winderness. (Yes, I meant to capitalize "Truth.)
Posted by: -
May. 24, 2006 11:06 AM ET USA
Enough! Los Angeles offers him not only the leather bound engraved set of LOTH, but a free tour of the Roj Mahal with a non Catholic tour guide, and a copy of "Gather Faithfully Together" autographed by Francis Cardinal Arinze and a set of 4 season tickets to our NFL team. What a day for a daydream!
Posted by: Laity1 -
May. 24, 2006 10:00 AM ET USA
Another revealing example of the hypocrisy of the purveyors of TOLERANCE.
Posted by: www.inquisition.ca -
May. 23, 2006 11:05 PM ET USA
Hey Diogenes, buzz off! We need Ben Kessler a lot more in Quebec City than in any other diocese in North America. Hum, yeah, I admit there is Albany, NY... OK, OK, I guess it's not that clear-cut after all... :-)
Posted by: O'Solanus -
May. 23, 2006 8:57 PM ET USA
Watch the video and consider the fury and hatred of the Truth that exists even on a Catholic campus. This is a painfully shocking reminder that: "A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me."
Posted by: -
May. 23, 2006 8:32 PM ET USA
Way to go. Like me, he has been branded: he is "too Catholic"!
Posted by: Janet Baker -
May. 23, 2006 8:17 PM ET USA
Diogenese, you can't have him. We need him in Washington DC!
Posted by: -
May. 23, 2006 6:50 PM ET USA
"Well, what kind of priests do we want to have? We want someone who is internally strong and externally strong. That's the kind of priest who can change society." Where does this punk Kessler get off saying stuff like this? And at a "Catholic" college, no less! He might reform and develop a better sense of timing if he can do a summer internship at the USCCB before proceeding to the major seminary.
Posted by: rpp -
May. 23, 2006 6:48 PM ET USA
I think it is typical that the newspaper chose not quote or even mention that anyone agreed with him. Although, from the article, it seemed pretty clear that he is a lone wolf and that not a single person with more than one functioning brain cell could possibly agree with such a radical fanatic. Such is today's media. And hey, Di, I want him for MY diocese, I'll even throw in a leather-bound 4-volume LOTH set!