Archbishop Wenski Corrects a Fellow Bishop

Deal W. Hudson
June 26, 2016

From Catholic Culture: Cardinal Thomas Wenski did what bishops rarely do, very rarely.  He responded critically to the comments of Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg who said of the Orlando shootings:

Second, sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence.”

Earlier, also writing at Catholic Culture, Rev. Mark Pilon, argued that Bishop Lynch should resign. But as Phil Lawler writes, “Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami was gentler in his criticism. Rather than scolding Bishop Lynch by name, he spoke of ‘a bishop who should know better.’ But the importance of the rebuke is greater– not least because Archbishop Wenski is metropolitan of the region in which the St. Petersburg diocese (which Bishop Lynch heads) is located. When one bishop makes an outrageous public statement, his brother bishops have a duty to correct the record, to avert confusion among the faithful. Unfortunately, such public corrections are rare. All the more reason to thank Archbishop Wenski in this case.”

For full coverage of Bishop Wenski’s remarks click here.

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