Will Knestout Be a Cop-Out?

Will Knestout Be a Cop-Out?

January 13, 2018

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Humanae Vitae!

On January 12, Bishop Barry Knestout will be invested as the 13th bishop of the Diocese of Richmond, Va., succeeding the late Bishop Francis DiLorenzo, who died in office.
Bishop Knestout confronts a difficult task. Under Bishop DiLorenzo in 2008, the diocese’s Catholic Charities, under a federal grant, sent a 15-year-old Guatemalan girl to an abortuary to end the life of her unborn child. Alas, Bishop DiLorenzo covered up the incident by terminating those responsible and paying them off (his lawyer denied to The Wanderer that the requirement for silence as part of their severance pay was a “payoff”).
The cover-up lasted for several months, with the formal cooperation of the USCCB’s leadership, until The Wanderer broke the story and disclosed the USCCB documents. Since then, the Richmond chancery has steadfastly refused to discuss the matter.
Bishop Knestout will also confront a major scandal in his diocese in the person of Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.), an ardent 100 percent abortion supporter and a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond. There, Fr. James Arsenault, his pastor, describes Kaine as a “devout Catholic” with a “twinkle in his eye.”
Undaunted, Bishop DiLorenzo repeatedly refused demands of Richmond Catholics to condemn Kaine’s abortion support.

Will Bishop Knestout?

And we recall when, six years ago, Fr. Marcel Guarnizo followed canon 915 and denied Communion to a lesbian who had barged into his sacristy before Mass to introduce her “partner.” Bishop Knestout, the vicar general of the Washington Archdiocese at the time, censured Fr. Guarnizo and issued a public apology to the lesbian in The Washington Post.
Not promising.
Bishop Knestout will also have to confront his own Deep State in the Richmond office of the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC). One Jeff Caruso serves as the conference’s director. In addressing certain “life issues” on the VCC website, he writes:
“We are obliged by our faith and on behalf of the common good to advocate for public policies that end: abortion; human embryonic stem-cell research; assisted suicide or euthanasia; capital punishment; poverty; human trafficking and pornography.”
Curious. Is that all there is? There is no mention of ending contraception, sodomy, divorce, or adultery. If these are not goals of the VCC, Mr. Caruso should say so — although the savvy lawyer lobbyist knows well that, if he does, his career prospects will be severely dimmed.
While certain deadly sins are not mentioned in Mr. Caruso’s lists of evils to end, capital punishment is. Which brings to mind an interesting vignette.
On Election Day 2016, a local Virginia pastor, wearing his clerics, caught sight of Mark Obenshain, our state senator, at the polls.
“Senator, I’d like to thank you for supporting life and opposing abortion,” the pastor said.
“Are you a Catholic priest,” Obenshain asked.
“Yes.”
“That’s funny,” Obenshain answered. “Most Catholic priests I meet ask me to oppose the death penalty. They never mention abortion.”

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