Which Means if Kicanas is Elected—Watch Out for Fireworks!
As Catholic bishops hunker down in Baltimore to elect a successor to Francis Cardinal George as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB], a nationally known gay rights group of “Catholics” has endorsed George’s likely successor, Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas who ordained serial pedophile Dan McCormack who is serving a five year term in prison for aggravated sexual assault of five boys. After McCormack was arrested Kicanas was promoted by George to auxiliary bishop of Chicago. Later he was named bishop of Tucson and after that was elected vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the same ticket with George as USCCB president.
Kicanas stands to be elected president possibly today or tomorrow. The tradition of the vice president succeeding to the top job is regarded as automatic. Whether the flamingly warm endorsement of Kicanas by the organization of practicing “Catholic” homosexuals deters Kicanas’ election is problematic.
The homosexual organization is named Rainbow-Sash. The appropriation of the name “Catholic” for those who profess that they practice homosexuality is fraudulent. In Catholic dogma, homosexual tendencies fall within the normal range of a fallen human nature. Active homosexuality—the kind Rainbow-Sash defends and indeed advocates—is morally indefensible under Church theology and has been many times forbidden in revelation and teaching, the most emphatic being promulgated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith approved by Pope Paul VI on November 3,1975.
Under normal circumstances the statement of Rainbow-Sash would torpedo the election of Kicanas because it implies that his views may change to coincide with the organization’s on the validity of homosexual practice, same-sex marriage and abortion. Here are some excerpts which go the distance in presuming to speak for Kicanas. If the statement does and Kicanas doesn’t repudiate it, it would likely mean his bishopric would necessarily be abrogated by Rome.
The press statement issued in the name of somebody named Joe Murray, Rainbow-Sash executive director, says these things in part:
“Bishop Kicanas understands that bishops are privately changing their position [on homosexual practice and abortion] because input is bubbling up from the pews of our parishes in support of gay marriage and pro-choice…[While we have difficulties with Bishop Kicanas’ present position on gay marriage, we are hopeful his position will evolve. We believe that Bishop Kicanas follows in the footsteps of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardine [misspelled: Bernardin] and will lead the USCCB to a position of common ground on issues that are deeply dividing the U.S. Catholic Church. The impending election of Bishop Kicanas I believe is an attempt on the part of a majority of bishops to unravel a stranglehold that fundamentalism [sic] has on the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops.”
Concerning pedophile McCormack records showed that at Mundelein he was engaged in homosexual relationships with consenting peers. This didn’t disturb Kicanas who was the seminary Rector.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Nov.14, 2007 that Kicanas said if he had to do it over again he would still ordain McCormack. “There was a sense that his activity was part of the developmental process and that he had learned from the experience. I was more concerned about his drinking. We sent him to counseling for that.”Kicanas has said that his words were misinterpreted by the newspaper reporter. However it’s been reported that she still has in her possession the tape cassette where Kicanas’ words are recorded.
Stay tuned. Whether he’s elected president or not, the Kicanas story and his endorsement by homosexual activists should be the religion story of the year.
NOTE: Not that the arch-liberal Sun-Times will pay much attention except to give the story a Leftward spin….probably assigning Carol Marin to equate it with the same religiosity she imparts to all revolutionary Left proposals. Or that the sleepy Tribune which usually runs a day-and-a-half behind the competition will pay attention zzzzzzzzzz.