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Bishop Farrell gives rare interview February 5, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, error, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, sexual depravity, Society.


Some bishops, like Chaput, seem to be in the press all the time.  Others tend to be more low key. I’d have to say that our own Bishop Farrell, while not being as reticent to speak publicly as some bishops, tends to be one of the less loquacious ones.  Our fair bishop certainly writes periodically in the Texas Catholic newspaper, and speaks publicly on other occasions, but doesn’t give many interviews, per se’. At least not that I see.  So, when Bishop Farrell does give an interview, it’s worth noting. He spoke recently to D Magazine, on the HHS Mandate and the potential change by the Boy Scouts to accept homosexuals (I add comments):

During a charity event at Dallas’ Hilton Anatole Saturday, the Irish-born prelate agreed to answer questions about these two controversial topics. The first dealt with last week’s “accommodation” with religious groups on the free birth-control-part of the Affordable Care Act. Does he like what the administration proposed?

FARRELL: First off, I will preface what I’m going to say, with the fact that I have not read the regulations, and I haven’t had time to study the question at the moment. But it would appear to me that it is —I’m not so sure that it’s so much of a change. I think there’s a lot of, I guess it’s just covering up, or a change of language, the same plan as before, just changing words. I’m not so sure the substance has really truly changed. That’s my first reading of it. I’ve only looked at this I’d say for 30 minutes. I have not studied it. [I would guess – and hope – this is going to be the USCCB’s official response, which I don’t think we’ve seen yet. This is not a substantial change to the mandate, and still poses a grave threat to force the Church to commit immoral acts.  The entire nature of Obamacare, however, is such that threats of this nature will hang over the neck of the Church like a sword of Damocles.  That is why yhou don’t promote socialism, or socialistic policies – the “good” you get from it comes with a price that is beyond exhorbitant. Like, terrible persecution of the Church and a complete blocking of any trend towards the Social Reign of Jesus Christ the King.]

FRONTBURNER: As you know, the Boy Scouts are considering revising their ban on gay scouts and scoutmasters. Do you think that would be a good change to make?

FARRELL: First of all, for me to say anything, I’m arguing a hypothetical. I don’t know if they’re going to enact that or not.

FRONTBURNER: I believe they’re studying it. Do you think it would be a good thing to do?

FARRELL: Well, I’m not so sure that it is the correct course of action to take. But again, I would want to see exactly what it is that they are planning to do. I’m very reluctant to comment on anything that’s just reported in the media. I’d like to read what the document says. [Um, I respectfully disagree, a bit. No, we don’t know what their exact stance will be, or if they will change the policy at all – the announcement, which was thought would come today, has not been made. But, still. In general, I think the proposals have been made clear enough to comment on. Something more than “I’m not sure that’s the correct course of action to take.”  Please, it will be a disaster, and the Church would – should – have to re-evaluate its relationship with Boy Scouts at the parish level. Such should have already occurred with Girl Scouts, for myriad reasons. It is a scandal that it has not]

FRONTBURNER: I believe they are thinking about leaving the decision up to the local chapters.

FARRELL: There’s many different ways of resolving that issue. I think that people of homosexual tendency are to be respected also. Their rights cannot be infringed on. [How does not allowing homosexuals to be Scouts -a private organization – infringe on their rights? What does that mean?]  It’s always been the position of the Catholic Church that we disagree with acting out in a homosexual way, but we don’t disrespect the person as such. [Can’t we just say that it’s a sin?  We don’t “disagree,” we KNOW that homosexual acts are an abomination to God, a fundamental attack on His very ordering of Creation. We also KNOW the homosexual inclination is profoundly disordered, to the extent that gays should be counseled to focus on chaste self-denial to the greatest extent possible, not simply eschewing the final, deplorable acts they do (and there is a link at that link to Fr. Blake’s site – be very careful. That link to the Terrence Higgin Trust site is beyond horrible, it is a fever dream of evil.  That Trust group is a pro-gay lobby in England.  It describes in terrrible detail the things gay males apparently enjoy doing to each other.  You can read the comments at Father Blake’s site, that link is basically hardcore gay porn of the worst kind, masquerading as “safe sex information.”  As if……….don’t read on!……………really, don’t!………….final warning!!………………..anal fisting could be made safe]

But, we’d hate to be disrespectful to people who are into such a thing.

You can see from my prattlings above why Bishop Farrell doesn’t give many interviews!

But our Bishop is our father…….pray he have true charity for his spiritual children, in addition to true faith, zeal, and courage.


1. Elizabeth - February 5, 2013

With all due respect to your Bishop, I’d have to say that judging from that little bit, he’s extremely uncomfortable speaking firmly and clearly what the Church teaches. Rather squishy, seemed to me. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t like to do interviews?

tantamergo - February 5, 2013

He’s given better sermons. Yes, I think he’s very concerned at saying something “wrong” in interviews.

skeinster - February 6, 2013

Well, that’s just silly. The secular media never misrepresent anything a cleric says.

2. Woody - February 6, 2013

My guess is that if he doesn’t read anything, he doesn’t have to give an opinion on it. Unless it has to do with saying a Latin Mass somewhere in the diocese other than Irving. Or Monday nights in Plano. Frontbunner should have asked his opinion on golfing matters. I bet he would have a lot to say on that subject.

3. Fr. Larry - February 6, 2013
4. Michael P. Mc Crory - February 6, 2013

Thank God he has you at least, Larry, to ‘keep his feet to the fire.’

I am stumped when my born again friends ask: “Why does the Pope not do more to right the Church?”
It took over one month for me to get a reply (on a serious matter) from my recently retired Bishop Tod Brown. His response was pretty much a white-wash job about his priests lack of respect for the Real Presence.

5. Steve - February 7, 2013

I hope that the following is appropriate: Does anybody know whether Bishop Farrell is determined to confine the TLM to Mater Dei parish exclusively? That is what I have been told. Our bishop is determined to prevent the TLM from being offered elsewhere throughout the diocese.

tantamergo - February 7, 2013

I don’t know anyone who can say for sure. But the bishop’s policy response to Summorum Pontificum from its initial release in 2007 still stands: he, and only he, will make the determination as to whether there is “need” for any further TLMs in the Diocese. There is also a pointed threat in that statement that priests who implement the TLM without his approval must have too much time on their hands, and would be directed to take up undesirable assignments helping their brother priests in inner-city or other less than prime locaitons, offering some of the Masses. So, while not saying directly, I think you can assume that Bishop Farrell does not intend the TLM to be offered in “regular” diocesan parishes outside Mater Dei, ever. I also can confirm that there is a priest who would very much like to offer the TLM, but he has been told that doing so would be taken as an act of disobedience. In fact, that last statement can probably apply to at least two priests, in a way.

Frankly, it’s a miracle we have Mater Dei. It’s amazing to me that this Diocese, in one of the most conservative parts of the country, is so liturgically and theologically liberal.

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