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Priest Compares Bishop Paprocki to Muslim Terrorist

Two things us Catholics needed. A priest confusing Catholics about the Church's teachings on sexuality. And more namecalling!

Fr. Bill Kenneally, Pastor Emeritus of Saint Gertrude Parish in Chicago, wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in The Chicago Tribune where he not only comes out in support of gay marriage but compared Bishop Paprocki to a Muslim terrorist.

I am a retired pastor of a Catholic church in Edgewater where there are many gay and lesbian couples, many of whom are doing their best to raise children as a family. I admire their constancy and care while they continue to belong to a church that “officially” seems wrongheaded and bizarre in its resistance to legalization of same-sex marriage.

Lobbying and liturgical pyrotechnics are both costly and embarrassing. At times I have wondered why faithful Muslims do not distance themselves publicly from their fellow believers who perpetuate violence. I wish to distance myself publicly from the misguided efforts of Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield and his rite of exorcism. God bless Gov. Pat Quinn and all who are trying to live a life of faithful love.

— Rev. Bill Kenneally, Pastor Emeritus, St. Gertrude Parish, Chicago
This kind of verbiage does so much damage. The interesting thing is that many people think that this is evidence that the Church is changing. That it's become modern. But so many of these outrageous statements comes from retired priests or nearly retired priests. This kind of stuff, I suspect, is the last gasp of the 60's. Fr. Kenneally was ordained in 1961.

When he retired the Chicago Tribune did a story on him that had this:
Inspired by the reforms of Vatican II between 1962 and 1965, he enjoyed his first several years serving in city parishes. "There was this open window that looked out on a church that looked very, very progressive at the time," he said. "For a priest, those were the golden days where all these things that liberal theologians talked about were now part of the agenda of the church."

But during the papacy of John Paul II, Kenneally, then an associate pastor at St. Nicholas Church in Evanston, sensed a new conservatism taking shape, and his frustrations began to fester. "The deck is stacked now. That's what's frustrating for me," he said. "I don't think liberal Catholics are considered anymore by the hierarchy. They're thought of as some kind of pestilence or irrelevant."

Despite his angst, Kenneally remained a priest. When he arrived at St. Gertrude in 1984, he immediately added a contemporary worship service in a gym that featured jazz, dance and other creative expressions--an effort to give lapsed Catholics and seekers an alternative point of entry into the church
Kinda' makes sense, right?


*subhead*60's.*subhead*

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40 comments:

David Diaz said...

So wrong!

Mack Hall, HSG said...

I, I, I, me, me, me. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, in a world full of beauty and truth, Fr. Kenneally never found anything more interesting than himself, his feelings, and his opinions.

Connecticut Catholic Corner said...

I did a write up on Kenneally a week ago- the heresy never seems to end with this guy and no one in the Church seems to want to stop it.

http://connecticutcatholiccorner.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-catholic-priest-helps-people-go-to.html

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner

Steve Dalton said...

I think the bishop's exorcism worked, these liberal, these faggot loving priests are approaching retirement age really fast! LOL!

Joe W. said...

Sad Chicago priests. Perhaps this is why Chicago, with millions of Catholics, gets so very few native born vocations. Who wants to be a Democrat-first, opposing-the-Word-of-God-priest? Time to be quiet and pack it in Fr. Kenneally. You misguided time is over. Time to realize that you will soon face God and have to answer to the notion that you are not the Vicar of Christ, you are not the magisterium, you are not given the authority to do what you do and that you bring scndla to the faithful. Every heretic thinks he's right. The problem is heretics always act on their own authority. And they are always wrong.

moonstrucktimberwolf said...

This man needs to be removed from whatever positions of authority or power he has this instant. Heresy like this cannot be tolerated.

At the same time, I would point out to Mr. Dalton that he himself is called to love "faggots", but with a true love that leads away from sin. Comments like his do great harm of their own, both in encouraging people like him to think of a group of fellow humans being as sub-human, and in driving that group away from the Church and further into sin. In short, don't respond to perversion of Church teaching by perverting it another way.

Kathy said...

Fr. Kenneally lives in a nearby parish. I have heard from friends that he has been known to discuss politics from the pulpit. Mainly pointing the finger at Republicans.

Katalina said...

If people are paying careful attention most of these liberals whether clergy or lay or politicians who are Catholic all have one thing in common and that is they are old or very old or getting old. They come from what one well known EWTN priest called clergy or remnants from the Vatican II Much crowd and they know they are loosing the shift in the Church so like kids they demonize.

George Bell said...

This statement from the priest does not surprise me in the least. The Enemy has agents everywhere. When we see a BISHOP doing something REAL to combat the evil one, we should not be surprised when the devil fights back. Obviously, the priest thinks he is doing the right thing, that he is a sort of hero or savior of the homosexual movement for doing so, even, which would also be delusions from the evil one. And, the priest likely believes that there is actually no such thing as sin or the devil, and that traditional family values are simply worn-out social constructs which society is outgrowing, in which case it would indeed seem likely that the bishop is acting like a fanatic, and for which the priest is totally justified in speaking out against him. And, the hero or savior delusion the priest most likely has would further make up in his own mind for any disunity in the Church that his speaking out would likely cause.

Steve Dalton said...

mstw, the Bible itself has some pretty choice words for the bum jumpers. I suppose you want to sanitize Holy Writ as well, eh?

77a35f90-24aa-11e3-b423-000bcdca4d7a said...

Steve Dalton, why don't you try to be respectful? Your choice of words causes unnecessary harm.

Steve Dalton said...

!2/02/2013 at 3:36 PM, Christ must have caused a lot of "unnecessary harm" when he called people "vipers" who's father was the devil. How totally unrespectful!

77a35f90-24aa-11e3-b423-000bcdca4d7a said...

Steve, you are obviously not practicing your Catholic faith. You address all gay people as "faggots", even people who have not acted upon their attractions. You are generalizing people in order to push your view onto them. Regardless of what Christ said, you are not Christ, and you should treat people with respect.

Steve Dalton said...

12/02/2013 at 4:52 PM, why is it that I don't give a hoot about your criticisms? Is it because I don't think people who practice perversions the Bible calls abominations don't deserve respect? Could be!

77a35f90-24aa-11e3-b423-000bcdca4d7a said...

Steve, that's exactly my point. You fail to acknowledge that some people who are attracted to others of the same-sex, are not practicing any "perversions". They are not doing anything wrong. They just have an attraction (which is not in a person's control). So how can these people practice anything that's wrong if they are not doing anything wrong? Having an attraction is not wrong or perverted. According to the Church, acting upon it is. You obviously fail to understand that. That is why you should listen to my criticisms. Additionally, Jesus did not call Mary Magdalene a whore, although she was sexually promiscuous.. What makes you believe that you can just insult people for no reason? According to you "the Bible tells me so". That is not a consistent Catholic teaching at all.

Pat said...

Could the moderator please read Steve Dalton's filthy vitriol and let us know if the gloves are off and if we should reply in kind? Thanks.

Steve Culy said...

I'm all fagged out reading so many mean remarks

77a35f90-24aa-11e3-b423-000bcdca4d7a said...

Pat, thanks for your support. Some of these people are being ridiculous! However, name-calling and attacks aren't going to make the situation better. I know you feel angry, as do I, but fighting fire with fire always causes more harm.

Steve Dalton said...

To the defenders of the purple plague, I have no problem with repentant sodomites, my problem is with the ones who are active and Anti-Christian, and who have supporters like you. I've known several victims of sex perverts, and for some reasons you morons can't figure out, I have a very dim view of these disgusting people you seem to be so sympathetic to. My sympathy is toward the victims, not their abusers. And the claim that sodomite desires can't be controlled is a damn lie. Any desire can be controlled if a person, with God's grace, puts his mind to it. You people are just making excuses for the Sodomites.

77a35f90-24aa-11e3-b423-000bcdca4d7a said...

Steve, you still fail to understand the difference between attractions and actions. Desires are not controlled in the sense that you don't necessarily choose what you desire. Acting upon that desire is different.

"I've known several victims of sex perverts, and for some reasons you morons can't figure out, I have a very dim view of these disgusting people you seem to be so sympathetic to. My sympathy is toward the victims, not their abusers."

Ok, so are you making a general statement that people who are attracted to the same sex and have not acted upon it are abusers? In what way? I can see the way you manipulate being an abuser in terms of religious beliefs, but legally being in a same-sex relationship is not abusive secularly. And regardless about what a person does, according to Catholicism, Jesus and God love even the worst of sinners, even though they turn from him. You constantly attack gay people and some commenters for no reason, but your own apathy. Why don't you actually start catching up on the Church's teachings because you seem to be needing it.

Proteios1 said...

I thought lapsed Catholics and non believers had a smooth and entertaining entry into the church. It's called Protestantism. You can go from bible believing flavor of the week, to episcopalian, to Methodist, to Lutheran, to apostolic Lutheran and if you then want to decide how The Holy Spirit wants the church to function, you go Catholic. Already in place.

tuleesh said...
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tuleesh said...

"I wish to distance myself publicly from the misguided efforts of Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield and his rite of exorcism."

Why didn't Keneally "distance" himself all together from the RC Church during his "unease" under the papacy of JPII? Possibly because it would've been hard to "distance" himself from the 3 hots and a cot he gets "for free" and earn his keep 9-5? Now, like Keneally himself acknowledges, he’s too old. He asserts with vile hubris the Church needs him more than he needs the Church:
"I don't have to be politically correct or religiously correct or anyway correct. I've got three more years [until he turns 70 and can retire]. I have total job security. There's no one to take my job. The barrel -- we're at the bottom. Now what's happening is that, when you turn 70, they say, "Can you stay longer?"
Even though Keneally is saying and doing his will, he doesn’t sound like a happy man.

May this man be open to the corrective wing-prompts of the Holy Spirit. We need to pray for this priest and others like him. He's in danger of dragging the souls entrusted to him to their damnation with his alb.

Lynda said...

We have a moral duty not to entertain impure or evil thoughts/desires. The more we try to overcome evil desires the easier it becomes, until there is no impure desire.

77a35f90-24aa-11e3-b423-000bcdca4d7a said...

Lynda, that is according to your beliefs. But that doesn't excuse disrespect or foul language.

Howard said...

Once again: "Pay attention to me! I'm not just anybody, I'm Rev. Bill Kenneally, Pastor Emeritus!!! The title shows I'm an authority. But don't pay attention to the bishops! Don't pay attention to the popes! We have surely outgrown deference to titles!"

Pat said...

Could the moderator please read Steve Dalton's filthy vitriol and let us know if the gloves are off and if we should reply in kind? Thanks.

Lynda said...

No, that's not according to my beliefs, but objective moral reason.

77a35f90-24aa-11e3-b423-000bcdca4d7a said...

Lynda, what your beliefs tell you what is moral, makes it "objective" to you. It does not necessarily apply to everyone. Your beliefs do not govern the world Additionally, it doesn't excuse disrespect or foul language..

Supertradmum said...

The Archdiocese of Chicago has a severe seminarian shortage. I suppose this priest is one reason why. God bless the Bishop of Springfield.

77a35f90-24aa-11e3-b423-000bcdca4d7a said...

Supertradmum, regardless of the marriage issue, why do you glance over the disrespectful comments left by some "Catholics"?

Lynda said...

No. Objective moral truth exists by dint of human nature and is accessible by right reason. Who acknowledges or denies that unchanging truth is irrelevant. The morals upheld by Christ's Church are those knowable to all men by dint of our rational God-given nature.

77a35f90-24aa-11e3-b423-000bcdca4d7a said...

Lynda, that is still according to your view. Your arguments are circular. Natural law is defined by God who is known to all through the Catholic church. Therefore, Catholicism is the only way because teaches "natural law" and that God created natural law. The premise that the Catholic Church is objectively morally truthful is flawed due to that teaching. If you step out of the belief system for a moment you will see it. You also fail to address the disrespect issue. Can you please comment on that, unless you have some animus against gay people as well.

Jason said...

I entered full communion with the Catholic Church in 2007, coming from a Presbyterian childhood and then a brief time in the Episcopal church - had I walked into a Catholic Mass and saw jazz and dancers, I'd still be a Protestant today. What ridiculous rubbish!

Lynda said...

With respect, if you don't recognise the Natural Law - the objective universal truth, including moral truth - there can be no logical basis for your assertions. Without knowing it, or at least acknowledging it, however, you are invoking the objective moral law when you expect others to recognise rudeness or disrespect on the part of a person towards another person. Of course, rudeness or disrespect for a person is objectively wrong. However, using crude language about intrinsically evil behaviour is not gravely wrong where that intrinsic evil is being imposed on people across many areas of public life. Moreover, rudeness simpliciter is not of great significance when set against the widespread refusal to accept the objective truth that homosexuality is gravely disordered and a threat to the personal and common good, nay, when the objective falsehood that it is good or natural, is imposed on people, including children, by certain state agencies, Media, etc. Hope this clarifies. God bless you.

Supertradmum said...

Sadly, too many commentators have not learned how to argue points logically and use ad hominem false thinking. We should not be attacking persons but ideals which are contrary to the Teaching Magisterium of the Church. To engage in arguments using insults and bad language is not what Catholics should do, but raise the level of the discussion to natural law philosophy, the long teachings of the Western Civilizations and the Judeo-Christian tradition. Stick to the facts, the CCC, the many writings of recent Popes and stay away from personal attacks.

When one has the Truth one only has to lead others to that Truth with respectfulness and dignity.

77a35f90-24aa-11e3-b423-000bcdca4d7a said...

Supertradmum, thank you for your observation and statement. It is unfortunate that many people don't realize that. Lynda, regardless of what is being imposed where and what you think objective morality is, rudeness is still not necessary at all.

"However, using crude language about intrinsically evil behaviour is not gravely wrong where that intrinsic evil is being imposed on people across many areas of public life. "

Calling people "faggots" for living a different life than what the Church teaches is not necessary and is not justified. That is what Steve did and you still refuse to admit that. You still haven't stepped out of your bubble yet. The Church has also imposed its religious beliefs on people and still does. Does that make it right? What about different religious beliefs? Would you suggest that they are completely flawed perspectives?

Steve Dalton said...

Pat, if you think my language is "filthy and vitriolic", concerning those poor, put down, swishes, you ought to read what the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel said about the whoremongers of their days!

Thomas Poovathinkal said...

If there are such Priests the laity themselves are to some extent responsible for it for they do not report about such ones to the Bishops and the Pope in writing.

Lynda said...

As Supertradmum made clear, there exists the Truth; if one refuses to accept the Truth, one is in error, or may have a "flawed perspective" as you say.

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