See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Catholic Priest, Raymond Gravel Sues Lifesite News.


"This lawsuit also comes at the same time that attacks on the free speech rights of pro-life, pro-family and Christian citizens and media have been increasing all across the West." - LifeSite News
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A Canadian Roman Catholic priest and former gay sex-trade worker in Montreal, not to mention a former pro-choice Canadian politician who supports abortion and same-sex marriage is suing LifeSite News for libel.  Evidently LifeSite referred to the priest as a pro-abortion politico, while the priest claims he is merely "pro-choice" - legal double talk.  Before renouncing his political career after an ultimatum from the Vatican, Gravel opposed a bill which would recognize the rights of an unborn child injured as a result of a crime as separate from the injury of the mother. (Wiki)  Not a pro-life mindset on any level.  Gravel's lawsuit would put LifeSite out of business.
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On record for numerous attacks against Canada's Cardinal Ouellet and Church teaching regarding abortion, what follows is a summary of Gravel's other anti-Church rants:
  • In 2003, Fr. Gravel wrote an article criticizing the Vatican's stance on homosexuality.
  • In 2004, he told Radio-Canada that he would not stop receiving Communion despite his support for abortion.
  • In 2006, he led a group of 19 Quebecois priests in signing a letter condemning the Church's teachings on homosexuality.
  • Again in 2006, he defied Vatican directives by taking up a position as Member of Parliament for Repentigny, Quebec.
  • As MP in 2007, he opposed the Unborn Victims of Crime Act, stating that he feared it would "open the door to a re-criminalization of women who have abortions, and that's not to be desired."
  • Finally, in 2008, he backed the decision to award infamous abortionist Henry Morgentaler the Order of Canada, and criticized the Canadian bishops for their opposition.
There are growing concerns among Canadian Catholics regarding the fact that Gravel, who has so often publicly opposed essential Catholic teachings, somehow still manages to retain his priestly faculties. - Source
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Pastoral malfeasance.
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"Father Gravel gave a long interview last summer to the 'gay' magazine Fugues (June 2, 2005), published in Montreal. It was a true confession of a disturbed priest, which he would never have made in a Catholic publication.. He was born in 1952 in the small village of Saint-Damien-de-Brandon. From ages 16 to 24, he was a 'gay' prostitute in Montreal and took drugs. After a terrible sexual relation with a client that led him to the hospital, he became a bartender at 'gay' establishments. At 32, he entered the seminary in a dramatic change to fulfill a childhood dream, but with no real spiritual conversion. Journalist Patrick Brunette does not understand how someone can be 'gay' and want to become a priest, since the Church has always condemned homosexuality. - Source
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So who admitted this creep to Holy Orders in the first place?

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Go here to read more and please donate to help LifeSite News in this attack.
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Photo:  Raymond Gravel
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H/T to Angela for the lead story.

17 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this!

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  2. Okay, who let him into the priesthood is a legitimate questions. Who is KEEPING HIM is an urgent one.

    I'm tired of reading about malfunctioning clergy who are allowed to stay in their position to subvert and pervert some more.

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  3. So when does Pope Benedict XVI the great issue him a Cardinals cap?

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  4. A Bishop excommunicated a Priest friend of mine so fast, two years later, he still doesn't know what hit him.

    His crime?

    Saying Mass at a private Chapel; the Tridentine Mass.

    http://www.olrl.org/prophecy/goodsuccess.shtml

    Read Our Lady's words about this, from four hundred years ago.

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  5. I second what Tom said...

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  6. I third what Tom said.

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  7. Terry: Thanks for posting on this terrible state of affairs. Things are really bad up here.

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  8. I fourth what Tom said.

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  9. He belongs to the Diocese of Joliette in Quebec. Perhaps a letter to the bishop is in order?

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  10. Anonymous12:31 PM

    "His crime?

    Saying Mass at a private Chapel; the Tridentine Mass."

    St. Michael, that is the ONLY crime punishable with immediate banishment and expulsion in the Church.

    TH1, I have news for you...things are bad all over. They like to keep us distracted with "positive developments", but nothing much has changed.

    Veronica

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  11. This article actually presents both sides:

    http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=40380

    I'm still mulling it, but I despise one-sided stories.

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  12. I may have too much timne on my hands, but I have seriously begun to wonder whether there are homozexual men who join the priesthood in an effort to advance the gay agenda by way of infiltrating the Catholic Church. This sounds crazy, I know, but those who support the gay agenda know that unless they can change minds on the religious front they cannot win...It feels like we are at war, really. It crushes the heart, these stories...

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  13. I've actually been following this guy's story for several years now, and I have strong opinions about him. I was intially hopeful that he had repented of the homosexual lifestyle and was living as a faithful Catholic priest. I was hopeful that he might be an example to demonstrate that a man can leave homosexuality behind and live a balanced, integrated life as a faithful priest, albeit extremely difficult for a guy with his history. Gradually it became evident to me he had not truly embraced Catholic teaching regarding homosexuality, and although he's mixing his statements up abit to defend his honor, I have no confidence in what he's saying - in my opinion, he lacks credibility.

    That said, LSN is not responsible for him losing his seat in parliament - the Vatican gave him an ultimatum. Since JPII priests have been told not to involve themselves in government. He hardly is a spokemodel for obedience the the Magisterium.

    Maria - in times past, some men have sought the priesthood for purposes of social acceptance and advancement, as well as status, power, and control.

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  14. SB: "He's hardly a spokesmodel for obedience to the Magisterium."

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  15. Anonymous7:22 PM

    The Church in Quebec is not in the best of shape - I know, because I live there, just west of Montreal. Our diocese (Valleyfield) has a Bishop, but he might as well be invisible. Our pastor said once, in my hearing, that "whenever anything comes from Rome, we close our eyes". That is the typical mindset of this province - ornery as hell, and very vocal about it. I was born in another part of Canada, and circumstances dictated my living in Quebec since 1974. As an English speaker, I've never felt at home here, and now that my husband is retired I'm determined to get out of this loony bin (run by the inmates). Sometimes after "Mass" at our church, I wonder if I've been to Mass at all -- the level of noise is more than annoying, the music is beyond redemption, and the parish priest just smiles and says, "Remember, God loves you"...

    Chloesmom

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  16. Mr. Nelson,

    Yes to both questions.

    Thanks.

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  17. A Random Friar6:13 AM

    It is possible to present your viewpoint online and rebut your opposition without bringing a lawsuit. This is an attempt to shut down LifeSite News, pure and simple, not a case of defamation.

    Why this brother priest still has faculties is beyond me. I pray the bishop will be able to correct him, and that Fr. Gravel may repent.

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