diversity, celebrated

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 06, 2004

Father Nick (left, in the photo below) maintains a listing of America's most gay-friendly parishes, as well as other links that demonstrate his concern for the Faith.

Dat AINT where de DNA goes

The Archdiocese of Baltimore, to which Fr. Nick and St. Bernadette's belong, obviously applauds his style of outreach. Certainly he doesn't put his light under a bushel. For example, he posts an Easter Homily that serves as a bold challenge to the dangers, so rampant today, of Jansenism:

"Now you can admit your faults and not hide them. You can face who you are, because God says its okay. God is no longer our police. We can make mistakes, because that's how we learn when God is in our middle. This is freedom. God has come to set you free! You are now free to be yourself. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Free to act according to your deepest DNA!"

There was a time when a priest was encouraged to keep his DNA to himself.

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 14 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Dec. 09, 2004 5:44 PM ET USA

    So many stories re Baltimore Archd. I lived in one of the "listed" parishes. So much evidence, but the Abp. seems never to have really connected with it. Perhaps it is because he has been so coopted by the good ol boy network. I'd bet both "Nick" and his companion in the pic are grads of S. Mary Sem. To quote its Pres., they "prepare the priests of the 'future Church.'" How sad. I do not want to be a part of his vision. It isn't the Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 08, 2004 12:09 PM ET USA

    ISOGod-Au contraire, the worst was not assumed. Most pedophiles & all ephebophiles ARE gay. Secondly, Fr Nick's homily amounts to moral solipsism, providing the reader with ample proof that Fr Nick is in fact teetering on the edge of formal heresy & should be fired. What he said is morally vacuous pablum. We Catholics are NOT free to "be ourselves" if it contradicts the Magisterium of the Church, and the social status of his parishoners is wholly irrelevant to this discussion.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 08, 2004 10:46 AM ET USA

    First of all, "gay" does not mean "pedofile." Secondly, these boys are obvously related. Since this was a celebration with many people around, I doubt these two priests would just ask two boys to stand with them for a picture. I would bet this picture was taken by their parents, and if it wasn't, I'm sure they weren't far from the scene. This parish is homeless, alcoholic, recluse, and poor "friendly" also, to name a few. I am much more disappointed in the people who assume the worst.

  • Posted by: diogenes - Dec. 08, 2004 8:29 AM ET USA

    In reply to the question below: yes, that is a bishop: M. Rev. William C. Newman, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, now retired. A trip to the "photo gallery" of the St. Bernadette's website (from which the blogged photo was taken) shows that Newman was present for the Mass and reception honoring Fr. Nick's 20th anniversary.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2004 2:40 PM ET USA

    After looking in the parish photo gallery, in which this particular specimen is included, one comes to the following question: the man behind them, to the left, is that a bishop?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2004 12:18 PM ET USA

    Caption: "Hey Father Nick, these boys are going to seminary, and will grow up to be scalp removing, stomping, old school Jesuit seminary busting blockers and tacklers, just like Edmund Campion!" Cue the laugh track.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2004 11:52 AM ET USA

    I publish a newsletter, "The Baltimore Truth" which will be doing a piece on this next month. Anyone with supporting facts is encouraged to e-mail [email protected], or mail to P.O. Box 270, Randallstown, MD 21133. My question is, "Do the parents know these guys have their hands on them? Thanks.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2004 10:59 AM ET USA

    Do we need another "Operation Rescue" to save little boys from the paws of grinning predators ?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2004 9:47 AM ET USA

    Fr Nick's homilies are the true beauties of this OTR post. Bonnie prince Nick.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2004 8:40 AM ET USA

    I checked the listing of "gay friendly parishes" in my home diocese of Rochester NY and what a surprise; there are 5 of them in Rochester alone which is equal to the number of these parishes in Brooklyn and Long Island combined. What conclusion can we draw from that? A-Bishop Clark is simply non-judgemental about gays B-Bishop Clark is unfamiliar with Catholic teaching on homosexuality C-Bishop Clark is unaware of these parishes D-Bishop Clark actively supports the homosexual agenda

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2004 2:04 AM ET USA

    What the heck is a 'gay friendly' parish, anyway? The implication that the parish is accepting of homosexual activity is hard to avoid, but I wonder if I'm being uncharitable by assuming that. Could there be a benign meaning to the adjective that doesn't require utter credulity?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 06, 2004 10:45 PM ET USA

    Father Nick was liturgy director (what else?) for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He and his friends Msgr. Nick Amato (former archdiocesan head of education) and former chancellor Msgr. Michael Schleupner (long time co-owners and co-residents of a house in west Baltimore) tried to make Shrine of the Sacred Heart a gay-friendly parish, but the attempt was not appreciated by the parishioners. One of them remarked on the Epiphany that we couldn’t get three kings but instead we had three queens.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 06, 2004 7:52 PM ET USA

    Looking at this picture immediately leads one to question where their other two hands might be . . . . . . and isn't that the worst part of this whole sorry mess? That people no longer merely snicker at effeminate priests, much less presume their fidelity to the promise of celibacy, but rather immediately conclude that they are active pederasts (or at least involved in some form of debauchery)? The cross that faithful priests have to carry is heavier daily. Pray for priests.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 06, 2004 4:31 PM ET USA

    This picture just screams out for a remark employing biting double-entendre. Unfortunately, I think used up my quota in the condom awards piece.