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By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 04, 2006

The priest is openly gay. His bishop is "very disappointed."

No, no, no. The bishop isn't disappointed because the priest identified himself as homosexual, or because the priest criticizes Church teaching. That's not the problem. Don't be silly.

The problem is that Father Fred Daley wanted to go to Africa, to work with AIDS victims, and Catholic Relief Services told him that his penchant for controversy made him an inappropriate choice for the job.

Bishop Thomas Costello, a Syracuse (New York) auxiliary, laments that decision. "The average person hearing this is going to say he was rejected because he was gay," he said.

And we can't have that, can we?

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  • Posted by: Ross Dee - Aug. 05, 2006 2:48 PM ET USA

    Leo 13, you are absolutely right, Jesus said to pray constantly. So what you are saying is that we should pray for the bishops and clerics and you are right. At every Mass the bishops and clerics are included in our prayers, we should be so fortunate to have our names mentioned in prayer at every Mass. Even the daily Mass. Jesus even said to Peter,"I will pray for you". That alone should "clue in " the bishops and clergy how "important" their "job" is and "they should pray" for their own Soul.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 05, 2006 9:30 AM ET USA

    Ross --- What I am saying is that we are all sinners and that this auxiliary bishop (like it or not), is a successor of the apostles. Bishop Costello's statement conflicts with Church teaching. Nevertheless, we are bound to pray for him and all clerics. Failure to pray to the Lord is an abandonment of Hope. The Apostle teaches us to "pray constantly" and be "thankful in all circumstances." Prayer is more effective than fulminating in the blogosphere!

  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 04, 2006 8:59 PM ET USA

    Convert1994 has it right. When single men keep their pants zipped and their mouths shut, nobody knows if they are hetero or homo. If a single man, hetero or homo, cannot set an example of chastity, he has no business aspiring to be "another Christ".

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Aug. 04, 2006 7:59 PM ET USA

    The last I knew Sodomy was an abomination!

  • Posted by: - Aug. 04, 2006 7:46 PM ET USA

    I hope no one implies that the Ordinary of the Diocese of Syracuse, Bishop Moynihan, would be sympathetic to the remarks of Bishop Costello concerning Father Fred Daley. Bishop James Moynihan teaches with the Church. Auxiliary Bishop Costello, has been an auxiliary bishop for a long, long, long time precisely because he sometimes chooses to march to a different drummer when it comes to teaching with the Church, as bishops are supposed to do. Diakon86

  • Posted by: Ross Dee - Aug. 04, 2006 7:23 PM ET USA

    Let's face it, this kind of thinking clearly shows that these bishops have lost their Faith! Hey Leo 13, what do you mean that they are men and sinners like us? Does this mean that we go against what the Vatican clearly stated? The bishop should be able to "at least" follow what he is told by the Pope himself. Anything less than that makes him a Heretic. Leo it is so nice of you to bring everybody down to this level. There are such people as Saints and do not fall into the devil's trap.

  • Posted by: rpp - Aug. 04, 2006 7:15 PM ET USA

    It is a sign of a truly sick society when even Catholic priests identify themselves by publically statiing what their favorite form of sexual gratification is.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Aug. 04, 2006 2:50 PM ET USA

    Maybe Father Fred Daley and his rather gullible, or possibly complicit, bishop need a long and separate sabbaticals in quiet monasteries or preferably hermitages where they can meditate upon the reasons that the Lord created human sexuality to be solely between a married man and a woman, all pop psychology and trendy psychiatry aside. Then again, there are a number of higher prelates who would do well to do the same.

  • Posted by: Convert1994 - Aug. 04, 2006 2:28 PM ET USA

    To all priests: Regardless of your inclination you are called to celibacy. I remind you that this vow of celibacy was one you undertook freely before Almighty God. Your ordination is of God, not man. To gay priests in particular: Because of the intrinsic disorder of homosexuality you must be especially on guard against temptation. You must remember you are called to celibacy and chastity. You are first and foremost a priest.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 04, 2006 1:44 PM ET USA

    Good for Catholic Relief Services. As soon as I read that story, I went back to their website to give them a donation for those suffering in Lebanon.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 04, 2006 1:05 PM ET USA

    So many unfortunate incidents… clerical homosexual subculture and pervasive abuse, corrupt bishops, embezzlement/financial shenanigans, heresy from the pulpit, SJ, liturgy du jour, homosexual adoptions, SSPX, phony ecumenism… hmmm… makes one wonder about the root cause. Hmmm… The Church finds itself in very serious trouble since the heydays of the 40’s and 50’s, yet the bosses in Rome seem oblivious. Let me think… what significant thing happened inside the Church of the 60’s? Hmmm…

  • Posted by: - Aug. 04, 2006 12:15 PM ET USA

    These stories only confirm more and more that the North American church has been totally overwhelmed and perhaps taken over by gays. This priest and bishop seem to be totally out of touch with the vast majority of faithful (and population) who do not have much contact with this lifestyle and do not believe it is normal. The same can be said for the majority of North American religious.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 04, 2006 11:44 AM ET USA

    What amazes me is that CRS actually rejected him!

  • Posted by: - Aug. 04, 2006 11:42 AM ET USA

    Leo13, let us remember that Judas was an Apostle. At least he got paid for his betrayal. Paul, respecting Peter's position, did not hesitate to call him on the carpet. We have the responsibility to do no less.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 04, 2006 10:58 AM ET USA

    Yes, B16, this DOES MEAN YOU. Get with it and get a BIG BROOM. God, I'm sick of this. I've been sick of this, it seems like forever. And homosexual priests and bishops are just laughing at us. We just seem like bumpkins, you know, unsophisticated types, who, no matter how much we yell and scream, will never get a hearing from Rome. And you know, so far they're right.

  • Posted by: Laity1 - Aug. 04, 2006 10:41 AM ET USA

    I'd be interested to know what CRS really said, as opposed to the paraphrasing from this miffed rejectee. Could it be that CRS, in their ministry to those with AIDS/HIV, has policies that may be in harmony with Church teaching but possibly at odds with statments made by this candidate? Or, they don't want their mission to be vehicle for gay priest showboating or activism? I would find it inconceivable that those dedicating their lives to helping AIDS victims in Africa are somehow incharitable.

  • Posted by: Lucius - Aug. 04, 2006 10:30 AM ET USA

    This episcopal rot shows the depth of the crisis in the Church. The document re homosexuality and the priesthood is being ignored and undermined by these same bishops. The Archdicoese of San Francisco will contract with an agency that does gay adoptions! The real problem is Rome. The only "relief" seems to be more documents and exhortations with no will to confront bad bishops and the fith column of the anti-church unless it becomes so public and scandalous it becomes difficult to ignore.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 04, 2006 10:26 AM ET USA

    They are not all cut from the same cloth. Hard though it may be at times, we should remember that these men are successors to the apostles. They are sinners like all of us. We should pray for them.

  • Posted by: opraem - Aug. 04, 2006 10:23 AM ET USA

    get with it! another incident of episcopal malfeasance in the catholic church? by now, we should be used to outrageous conduct by our bishops. when will someone (hey, B16, this means you) start using a big broom to clean house? the syracuse catholics should remember this when asked to support their annual bishop's appeal and say 'no, thanks.'

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