The dissident Association of U.S. Catholic Priests’ (AUSCP) 10th Annual Assembly is currently taking place in Minneapolis, and LifeSiteNews confronted angry priests who accused LifeSite’s reporter of lacking charity for asking the priests about their dissent from Church teachings.
Father Michael Joncas, Bishop William Wack of Pensacola-Tallahassee, and Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester are the AUSCP 2021’s leaders/ founders.
According to the Lepanto Institute, the group is known for its controversial views, including support for women’s “ordination” to the priesthood, collaboration with an international network of heretical organizations, and calls for “priestless parishes,” according to the Lepanto Institute.
Three priests from the AUSCP then faced encounters with LifeSiteNews, none of whom were dressed in clerical attire.
“We are Catholic. We’re promoting charity,” criticized pro-LGBT Father Peter Daly when LifeSite’s Jim Hale questioned about the organization’s support for matters opposed to Church teaching.
“You’re Catholic and you’re promoting homosexual ‘marriage,’ and women’s ‘ordination.’ Is that Catholic?” asked Hale.
Father Kevin Clinton, a retired priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, is also seen in the video.
Hale approached a third priest, who appeared with a flask of coffee, “What does the Bible say about homosexuality?” The priest then, on the other hand, just repeated the phrase “love one another as I loved you,” while hiding his name tag from Hale’s camera.
After that, Fr. Daly objected as he returned to Hale, “We will pray for you that you learn a little charity and conscience.”
At the end of the video, the fourth man stormed out, saying, “The police are on their way!”
There are more and more U.S. church leaders publicly support LGBT ideology. On May 18, as LifeSiteNews reported, fourteen U.S. Catholic bishops, one of whom is a cardinal, have signed a statement in support of young people who identify as LGBT, telling them that “God is on your side.”
Nearly 150 religious orders, colleges, parishes, and associations, many Catholic, have signed the declaration. The list advises Catholics struggling to be obedient to the Church’s perennial teachings. However, some clergy, parishes, and schools see no issue with the normalization of homosexuality within the Church.
The argument boldly implies that God developed same-sex attraction in humans and that it is good and normal.
“Most of all, know that God created you, God loves you and God is on your side,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, The Catholic Church teaches people that homosexual acts are one of the four serious sins that cry to Heaven for Vengeance. According to the Catholic Church’s Catechism, “basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved” (CCC 2357).