Raleigh Bishop Yanks Talk by Dissident Priest

Raleigh Bishop Yanks Talk by Dissident Priest


[Fr. Crosby: “We still have to worship a God that the Vatican says wills that women not be ordained. That god is literally unbelievable. It is a false god; it cannot be worshiped.”: Does he really worship or believe in God?

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • February 25, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. – The head of the Raleigh diocese is rescinding a speaking invitation to a dissident priest.

Father Michael Crosby, a Franciscan priest well known for dissenting on Church teaching with regard to clerical celibacy, female ordination and homosexuality, was scheduled to give a Lenten mission at St. Stephen the First Martyr parish in Sanford March 12–16.

He was going to be the homilist for the weekend English Masses, and then give talks for the following three days. The title of his mission was “Obstacles and Occasions of Grace to Fulfill the Great Command.”

Earlier this week, ChurchMilitant contacted Bp. Michael Burbidge, head of the Raleigh diocese, to inquire about the event. Thursday morning, we received an email from William Atwell, diocesan communications director, informing us that Fr. Crosby’s speaking engagement was being canceled.

“We have reviewed this matter with all appropriate parties,” Atwell stated, “with the result being that Father Crosby will not be speaking in the Diocese of Raleigh.”

ChurchMilitant confirmed with the parish that Fr. Crosby’s talk will no longer be taking place, on or off diocesan property.

Father Crosby has caused controversy in the past. When he was scheduled to address teachers at the Canadian Forum on Theology and Education in 2013, the Toronto archdiocese learned of the event and canceled his talk, which was then moved off diocesan property to a local hotel.

And when the Felician Sisters of Madonna University chose Crosby to lead their week-long retreat in 2012, students and alumni organized a protest.

Crosby was once facilitator at a retreat for LGBT individuals sponsored by New Ways Ministry, a dissenting homosexual organization that aims for acceptance of same-sex acts, and whose co-founder, Sr. Jeanine Gramick, has been censured by the Vatican. He has also spoken at a Call to Action conference, an organization that seeks Church reform on clerical celibacy and female ordination, among other things.

Father Crosby occasionally writes for the dissident publication National Catholic Reporter, where he once wrote a column asserting that he stands by his support of female ordination. Quoting from a 2004 speech he gave, he said, “[W]e still have to worship a God that the Vatican says wills that women not be ordained. That god is literally unbelievable. It is a false god; it cannot be worshiped.”

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One comment on “Raleigh Bishop Yanks Talk by Dissident Priest

  1. Christine Niles says:

    [W]hen the Felician Sisters of Madonna University chose Crosby to lead their week-long retreat in 2012, students and alumni organized a protest.

    [More on Madonna University, which is included in the National neo-Catholic Register’s annual list of “faithfully Catholic colleges and universities” but not in that of the Cardinal Newman Society, which instead has criticized the university for the same reasons listed in the following article linked in the above]

    Catholics Protest Dissident Priest at Madonna University

    By James Bascom
    March 15, 2012

    On Wednesday, March 7, 2012 TFP Student Action joined a group of faithful Catholics, including alumni and former benefactors of Madonna University, in a prayerful protest of the leadership of the Felician Sisters over their selection of Fr. Michael Crosby, OFM Cap. to lead a weeklong retreat for the sisters residing in Livonia, Michigan.1

    Fr. Crosby is well known as an outspoken advocate of a host of positions at odds with the Catholic doctrine, particularly in the areas of priestly celibacy,2 homosexuality,3 and the hierarchical nature of the Catholic Church.

    Lining the public street adjoining the entrance to the university, local Catholics recited the rosary, sung hymns and braved high winds while displaying signs that read: “God’s Marriage = 1 Man + 1 Woman.” “Fidelity: Yes — Dissent: No,” “Fr. Crosby is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” and “Restore Madonna’s Catholic Identity.”

    Pro-Homosexual agenda at Madonna

    Madonna University, sponsored by the Felician Sisters, has been beset by an onslaught of pro-homosexual advocacy over the past several years. Sr. Nancy Marie Jamroz, C.S.S.F., Ph.D., former VP for Student Services was publicly supportive of the so-called “safe zones” for homosexuals, manifested by the placement of rainbow triangles throughout the campus4 and other initiatives aimed at the acceptance of homosexual behavior. She was succeeded by Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz in the fall of 2009 following her election as a Provincial Councilor.

    Dr. Tingson-Gatuz publicly represented Madonna University at the 20th Annual Conference for LGBT Equality held in Detroit, Michigan5 and has likewise been involved in several quasi-political organizations that advocate same-sex “marriage.”

    President Sr. Rose Marie Kujawa, C.S.S.F., Ph.D. was supportive of the “safe zones” initiative in speaking to several concerned alumni, but later denied previous knowledge when faced with public criticism.

    Dr. Ernest I. Nolan, Provost and VP for Academic Administration, charged with faculty hiring and oversight presides over a faculty rife with individuals with views and lifestyles at odds with Church teaching as demonstrated by Professor Frances Fitzgerald who authored an editorial in The Madonna Herald asserting that dissent is at the heart of Catholic education. Fitzgerald was rebutted by Dr. Alice von Hildebrand’s “Gratia Confusa” in the January 10, 2010 edition of The Wanderer. Dr. Nolan gave a presentation in 2004 entitled “Homophobia in Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out.”6

    Many graduates of Madonna University are questioning how these realities reconcile with an institution that claims to adhere to the instructions of Ex Corde Ecclesiae.7

    A graduate of Madonna University offered the following commentary: “I am deeply troubled by what seems to be a fixation of promoting lifestyles that fall outside the Magisterial teachings of the Church in the name of diversity, inclusion, justice, and the like.

    “As a Catholic institution, Madonna University and its sponsors should proclaim the moral truths of the Catholic faith. As an institution sponsored by a congregation now affiliated with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), currently under a doctrinal assessment by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), it is alarming to see how secularism and dissent are eroding both the Felician Congregation and its sponsored institutions. It is a particular tragedy when one takes into account that both the Felician Sisters and Madonna University had initially avoided the destructive fate that had consumed numerous institutes and institutions in the 60s.”

    1. www.michaelcrosby.net/itinerary.php
    2. www.michaelcrosby.net/books/rethinking_celibacy.php
    3. www.sanfrancisco-catholic.com/rohr_catholic_retreat.pdf
    4. In September of 2008, The Madonna Herald reported the following: “You may have noticed the “Allies” symbol, an upside-down pyramid with colored stripes. It’s taped onto a number of doors throughout the university. It designates “safe zones” at Madonna. Why do we need safe zones here? Here is why: Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) students, faculty, and staff have not always felt welcome at Madonna. The goal of the Safe Zone Subcommittee is to reach out to this group. We want to provide the safety, acceptance, and care that every member of the Madonna community has a right to expect. Sr. Nancy Jamroz, Vice President of Student Services and a member of the Safe Zone Subcommittee, states, “We want all of our students to know that our Franciscan values emphasize respect for the dignity of each individual. GLBT students have not always been treated with respect.”
    5. www.michiganliberal.com/diary/11702/
    6. ww2.madonna.edu/nolan/Curriculum%20Vitae.htm
    7. www.madonna.edu/pdf/Support/ae.pdf pg. 4

    [Is this the new patroness of Madonna University?]

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