San Diego Priest Triggers Controversy Over Criticism of Obama and Church Control of Publications

070925abbottSan 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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31 thoughts on “San Diego Priest Triggers Controversy Over Criticism of Obama and Church Control of Publications”

  1. mespo,

    He drives the fishes into the net with that muck. Reading the replies gives me an insight into just how polarized our country is.

    Could the diocese tax exempt status be in jeopardy?

  2. I had the chance to read the actual editorial. Forgive me a pet peeve, but I firmly believe you can deduce quite a bit about a person from their writing skills. Logical organization, creativity, and intelligence all seem vibrantly on display as one wades through the prose of another. I must say then that Fr. Perozich displays the keen intellect of your average Glenn Beck viewer. Just a smidgen of a sample:

    “If the special interest groups have their way, it will spell the end of days for the American nation as we have known it since 1776. 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.”

    Overstatement, uninformed appeals to fanciful history, paranoia, and scaremongering, all featured in a rambling, overheated grammar that must send the good nuns who taught him, scrambling for the shredder to dispose of those embarrassing transcripts. I think we should make all neo-cons of whatever stripe or religion write out their nonsense. It makes for elucidating, indescribable, and indelible fun!

  3. lottakatz,

    Quite simply, BRAVO! That was hysterical. I’m sure it was purely accidental that it end up that way too. 😉

  4. “…homogenital sex”? “…homogenital sex”?

    Man, I must be getting old or something, I can’t keep the labels straight anymore, the world is passing me by. I’m cool with Hetro; I’m cool with Homo; I’m cool with Bi and Tranny; The pics of various threesomes and like that (I’ve come across accidentally [NEVER on purpose]on the Interwebs) are interesting so I’m cool with that; the more extreme stuff with vinyl and weird accoutrement’s (Again, pics I’ve come across accidentally [NEVER on purpose]on the Interwebs)look kind of artsy in a sci-fi, post apocalyptic way so I’m cool with that but ‘HOMOGENITAL’? I couldn’t even FIND that on the Interwebs- not that I looked or anything. Jeez Louise, it’s reached the point where I need a diagram to keep this stuff straight. 😉

    And that screeching priest is a total whack job- no pun intended. The problem with the Bishop trying to silence him is that he’s trying to silence him, not defrock him for being a danger to himself and others. I guess the Bishop is a traditionalist.

  5. As a Catholic I hate to admit that too many priests know too much about this “homogenital sex” thing. Perhaps the good father needs to drop his dripping racism and get some counseling.

  6. Hey, where is Father’s outrage–just in from the American Family Association:

    Pepsi produces another TV ad promoting gay lifestyle.
    Company combines promotion of Pepsi and homosexual lifestyle.

    I tell you, where does it end? Where does it end?

  7. Gara,

    Sure you support father homophobe, it’s a condition experienced when your thoughts get supported by a closed heart center, aka fear.

  8. If Pastor Richard Perozich were put on trial for being a Christian, I don’t think there would be enough evidence to convict.

    Rafflaw I concur, his true sexual preferences are hidden. There is a pattern of “Screaming” homophobes coming out of the closet.

    The link provided to the article has an additional link to the
    “The cult of Moloch lives on today” published in the parish bulletin.
    The comments supporting Father Perozich are chilling. I’m not equipped to condemn Roman Catholics, but can’t they at least follow the Golden Rule?

    Former alter boy.

  9. The good Father’s become unhinged in his anger.

    “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.”

    So this priest see as “enemies” those who would hold the church responsible for the “injustice” of a settlement to victims of sexual abuse – abuse promulgated and condoned by the church?

    The man is a walking paranoid delusion (I’m assuming he’s walking around and not confined to a bed in a mental ward).

  10. rcampbell,

    I got a kick out of that one as well! WTF indeed. The whole thing is unwell (aka hilarious!).

  11. Jill

    My favorite quote from the article was:

    “We need many more courageous priests like him who do not care about human respect…..”

    WTF?

  12. Jill,

    eeewwww.

    Now there’s a perfectly good bagel that’s going to the dogs.

  13. I am in agreement with everything above. There’s so many to choose from but I liked this quote:

    “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 and Lady Macbeth are probably making pornos in the vestry!

  14. Me thinks this priest doth protest too much about homogenital sex? Much like Sen. Craig’s repetitive clamorings that “I am not Gay”, this priest maybe hiding his true identity from his flock. For the Catholic Church to condemn someone for being Gay, is not only obscene, it is anti-Christian. And Mespo correctly reminds us of the Church’s less than stellar record of allowing pedophiles to continue working with children. So Fr. Perozich needs to go back to the seminary and find out what Jesus said about loving thy neighbor. Maybe he can take Sen. Bunning with him. Also, is there any sex that does not involve someone’s genitals? Finally, this parishoner who claims we now have this “evil new government”, was she awake during the last 8 years when the Bush regime killed hundreds of thousands in Iraq and tortured prisoners? The word hypocrite comes to mind!

  15. That’s just too much craziness to wrap my head around until the coffee kicks in.

  16. “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.”

    ***********

    Goodness, sorry I missed this sermon. I had no idea that the Church was forced to hire “sexually immature people with gender identity disorders” instead of the “normal” pedophiles that had been its staple for some time. A good reminder that when you claim God is on your side, the other side, by definition, must be evil.

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