San Diego Catholics are protesting a decision by San Diego Bishop Robert Brom to ask Pastor Richard Perozich to tone it down after he ran a rabid article entitled “100 Days or End of Days?” in the parish bulletin of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Escondido. Fr. Perozich appears to believe that Obama will be unleashing such things as “homogenital sex.”
Fr. Perozich believes that with Obama “evil has acceded to power.”
Supporters like Allyson Smith wote:
In his essay, Father Perozich, an exemplary shepherd, courageously and rightfully warned his flock of our nation’s dire fate under the pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, pro-euthanasia, pro-socialist, pro-death administration of Barack Obama. Father Perozich truthfully wrote, ‘Abominations will be forced on us by the new government, such as which our founders never had intended, and certainly opposed to the Christian life: abortion on demand, homogenital sex, lust in all its forms, euthanasia, oppression of opportunity and entrepreneurs, silencing of faith and free speech among many.’ Furthermore, in his essay, Father Perozich ‘named names’ of powerful United States so-called ‘Catholic’ senators Edward Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi (who was verbally ‘spanked’ by Pope Benedict today for her pro-abortion views). God bless and thank him for that! Father Perozich is absolutely correct in his assessment of our evil new government. We need many more courageous priests like him who do not care about human respect but instead preach the truth ‘in season and out.’”
Fr. Perozich appears to support the campaign to get the Bishop to back down.
Fr. Perozich has previously written columns that caused controversy, such as this 2007 essay on “The Wages of Sin is Death.” It is another diatribe against homosexuality and tied directly to the payment of damages to victims of sexual abuse:
What bothers me is my enemy’s glee over its continuing victories over me in injustice. The injustices include an outrageous $1.6 million settlement to victims of sexual abuse. They also include the San Diego City Council’s participation in an organized effort by practicing homosexuals to use Council influence to destroy marriage and give rights to sexual perversion. In part it is also a movement to silence the Catholic Church in its mission of mercy and truth by the promotion in Congress of a bill which would penalize as a hate crime criticism of sexuality outside the marriage of a man and a woman, and force us to hire sexually immature people with gender identity disorders as if they were normal.
It is an interesting (and recurring conflict) of church authority over free speech. The use of the church bulletin gives the Bishop particular authority to demand a change in tone and message. However, the Church reserves the right to punish priests for any public expression that undermines the Church’s role or purpose. It is certainly not a matter of first amendment rights given the private character of the controversy and the absence of government involvement. Priests take a vow of obedience to the Church and must comply with such commands.
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