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Florida Bishop: “So-called pro-life groups…..merely anti-abortion” August 12, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.

As if that’s a negative thing?  As if being “merely anti-abortion” is somehow a horrible vice?

Faith in Public life – the Soros funded disinformation site that tries desperately to reduce Christianity to a materialist, liberation theology oriented construct (in other words, just another vehicle for leftism) – quotes Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg reacting angrily to pro-life groups pointing out scandals with Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities.  I, of course, have covered these stories as well, so I guess I’ve earned the bishop’s ire.  Faith in Public Life provided a couple of quotes (I add comments):

I am convinced that many so called pro-life groups are not really pro-life but merely anti-abortion…We heard nothing from the heavy hitters in the prolife movement in the last week when Florida last night executed a man on death row for 34 years having been diagnosed as a severe schizophrenic [Ah, yes, the usual shibboleth of conflating abortion and the death penalty.  Never mind the fact that there are more people killed by abortion between 8:00 and 8:10 on a Monday morning in these United States, than die by death penalty every year.  The hidden assumption in this claim is that those born are somehow far, far more valuable than those in the womb.  Whatever the merits of this particular case, of which I am totally unaware (but I’m certain there’s another side to the story), the Catholic Church has always taught that the state has the power of the sword.  The formal Doctrine of the Faith – in spite of confusing, badly supported statements in recent years to the contrary – has never changed in that regard, and I don’t believe it can.  I say this as one who generally opposes the use of the death penalty in this country, and especially in Texas]

The next quote comes not from Faith in Public Life, but directly from Bishop Lynch’s blog:

The latest components of  this “Tropical Depression” were the allegation that in the nation of Madagascar CRS was actively promoting contraception, that the bishops of that country and elsewhere were displeased with CRS, and that you dear reader should not give to Catholic Relief Services because they do not adhere to Catholic teaching but send your money to them so they can develop this into a Tropical Storm and rid the Church of this organization…..[I would say that absent rather substantial evidence to prove this claim (the bishop presents none), this is a calumny of the most sordid type and beneath the office of bishop.  Attacking the messenger is a very popular pasttime.]

[This next one is just incredible……..] Many priests grow weary of continual calls to action for legislative support for abortion and contraception related issues but nothing for immigration reform, food aid, and capital punishment[I think the bishop doth tip his hand. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the press releases from the USCCB knows that those items listed above are mentioned and trumpeted much more often than the life issues. Almost every week there is some statement demanding the faithful take action and contact their legislators regarding a farm bill, or immigration reform, etc.  I think Bishop Lynch has just shown where his interests lie, and after a statement like this, I have to question his commitment to the Church’s Dogmas – not Doctrine, Dogmas – on the life issues.]  And, this is a big one, priests don’t like unfair attacks on things they highly value and esteem, like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services. [I don’t think Bishop Lynch is speaking for anyone but himself and a minority of like-minded priests – possibly]

Wow, this Bishop Lynch seems to adhere to rather wildly progressive views and some of his statements could easily be construed as rejecting – or at least very strongly doubting against – various doctrines of the Faith. Here, he posits that times have changed, ergo, the Church’s belief regarding marriage must change. A brief perusal of his blog finds sentiments that are very consistent, as in consistently troubling.

So, are these just the ramblings of a very progressive, very left-politics friendly bishop, or are they a sign of broader pushback by progressive elements in the Church against the inroads orthodoxy has made on their general hegemony in the Church?  I’ll let you ponder that, dear reader.

Thanks to reader JP for the tip.



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2. Catholic4Life - August 12, 2013

Reblogged this on Catholic4Life.

3. Terry Carroll - August 12, 2013

I believe this is the same bishop who declined to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case. She was allowed to be killed in his diocese on his watch.

4. John - August 12, 2013

The aging hippies (and the Progressive – Soros ilk) are grasping onto the seamless garment… God willing, its torn and exposed for the fraudulent theology that it actually is.

5. Catholic4Life - August 12, 2013

Funny thing about that Madagascar situation, two archbishops went public concerning the Horrific Charity CRS (as many do), I personally do not think they would make an accusation unless they had valid proof. I wonder if these bishops were silenced because a couple of days later they retracted what they said. Wouldn’t you know it, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has come forward defending CRS and the Madagascar situation. For that reason alone I am not buying it, Dolan is known for cozying up with baby killers! CRS, USCCB, birds of a feather flock together!

tantamergo - August 12, 2013

I only know of one who retracted. As I said, you can be sure very heavy pressure was brought by the USCCB/Cardinal Dolan on the Madagascar bishops. I am certain statements were made along the lines of “if you don’t like CRS, fine, we’ll pull it out of your country,” so millions in aid would be lost.

I’d like to think Madagascarian bishops would say “good riddance” to aid with such horrible attachments, but, I would likely be wrong.

6. Brad Lifto - August 12, 2013

We have to pray for the conversion of these murders as they are killing off daily traditional Latin Mass as well as against kneeling on the tongue at Holy communion. If they don’t listen to the church thet will not go to heaven. Every Churches should have some kneelers as likely the Vatican. pray so they can save their souls. The 1969 mass is dting out.

7. Davis Wenvil - August 13, 2013

Once again, the stereotype of pro-lifers as being single issue. I am pro-life and have been protesting abortion for years. I also give to the poor, my diocese, lector at my church, and do prison ministry weekly. Many pro-lifers adopt kids and demonstrate on other issues as well. The “pro-choicers’ have been saying for years, that pro-lifers don’t care about the mother, executed criminals, war, etc. This is a blatant lie and an attempt to brainwash the public. Pray for the bishop’s conversion on this issue.

8. Michael P.Mc Crory. - August 13, 2013

He just sounds like a bad egg to me- this bishop.
But then, what’s new about that!

9. Vincent - August 13, 2013

This most likely is the same bishop who gave a dispensation for Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband, to marry in a Catholic Church after he “done her in”. If he repented, fine, but the book that came out after her death didn’t indicate anything of the sort.

10. Catechist Kev - August 13, 2013

Bp. Lynch has been in the news a lot the last decade or so:

(lawsuit filed by former diocesan employee – settled out-of-court for $100,000)


(against revised translation for the O.F. of Holy Mass)


(“officially” ends perpetual adoration in his diocese [or tried to, anyway])


tantamergo - August 14, 2013

So, he’s just an all around lefitst disaster. Great. Sorry your comment was delayed.

11. Paul H. - August 13, 2013

This site is full of laughable hypocrites. You care nothing about a child once its born. You’ve been used by the right wing as tools. What a joke.

tantamergo - August 13, 2013

Exactly. Sooo nailed us. That’s why we constantly donate time and money to crisis pregnancy centers, providing exactly the kind of care you’re talking about in your comment.

My wife and I are also going through the process of reviews and approvals to be adoptive parents for just this kind of baby.

But, you’re right……we don’t “care” at all. It’s leftists like you who really “care,” by supporting the killing of babies.

12. odessabucs - August 13, 2013

Bishop Lynch is a troubled , flawed soul. Always rails against the “catholic right”, while disrespecting the liturgy. In a recent blog post he complained about the new liturgy language, a post open for all to read. See this link and read on about how he managed a personal crisis as bishop a number of years ago.


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