Open letter to Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Bishop Athanasius Schneider,

I have been given your email address by a Catholic friend who hoped I would be able to express to you a problem that has concerned many Catholics this week.  Our hope is that you will be able to pass these thoughts up through the channels of the Church in a way our own bishops normally cannot find it interesting enough to do so.  Hopefully those out-of-touch people at the heart of the Vatican’s spin machine – who claim to be masters of the new tools of communication, but who cannot listen – may then hear our concerns.
We live and worship in hope.
Last week, Father Thomas Rosica issued through his lawyers a letter threatening a Canadian family man and blogger, David Domet, with legal action. Here is the letter:  As you see, Fr Rosica wishes Mr Domet to withdraw any remarks made about his alleged doctrinal errors by the end of the day on 22nd February: the First Sunday in Lent.
On that same First Sunday in Lent, the priest Fr Rosica says on his own blog  “And in the midst of the desert we hear what God will do if we open our hearts to him and allow him to make our own deserts bloom. The ways of the desert were deep within the heart of Jesus, and it must be the same for all who would follow him.”
This seems to be a remarkable hypocrisy for one who is pursuing a litigious action on that same day against a Catholic blogger who simply takes exception to Fr Rosica’s heterodox views – personal opinions publicly expressed, in abuse of his Vatican position – and in a way that the faithful have every right to express their opinions.
It is my view (see my own blog) and the view of many other Catholics that this is a scandal and we have now reached a point beyond which we cannot proceed without some action.  Take for example the well-expressed blog page of Mark Lambert in England:   The heterodox views of the liberal mafia now surrounding the pope, who calls himself the simple follower of brother Francis, the Bishop of Rome, the darling of the left wing press; such views of people like Rosica are now alienating solid Catholic opinion.
If such Catholic faithful are now to be sued in the courts for simply arguing back, supporting the doctrine of the Church against those who would tear down the walls and allow Satan to take his seat; what are we to do?  Bishop, we appeal to you to speak up.
Father, you are a widely respected bishop, and I ask you help in this matter.  I am sending this to you by email and also publishing it as an open letter on my blog.
Yours sincerely,
Gareth Thomas
Let's hope our Lenten discipline will not be a whole forty days of litigation from Fr Thomas Rosica

Let’s hope our Lenten discipline will not be a whole forty days of litigation from Fr Thomas Rosica

Update 24 Feb:

Bishop Athanasius Schneider has been in touch today with Mr Domet:

“Dear Mr. Gareth, I just wrote a letter to Mr. Domet giving him some words of counsel and consolation. Let us always love and defend Christ the Truth and fear God alone. God bless you, + Athanasius Schneider”

“Bishop Athanasius,

Many thanks for writing to Mr Domet, father.  We are all amazed that the power-crazed liberals in the Vatican think this kind of legal action against traditional Catholics is constructive.  Their project is doomed to failure.
God bless you,
Gareth Thomas”
Update 10.30 pm SERT (Standard Europoean Rabit Time)
The best legal commentary on the pathetic power games of Vatican bully  Father Thomas Rosica can be found here:
Update Thursday 26th February
David Domet has written of the wonderful support he has had from thousands of Catholics, and he was clearly encouraged by Bishop Athanasius Schneider.  Sometimes the little things we do on this donkey field have effects far off.  Well done, donkeys!  We have a little quiet place of reflection here, where donkeys in Lent think forward to Palm Sunday and their historic charge.  And sometimes we reach out from here and act as best we can for what is right and true.

About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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10 Responses to Open letter to Bishop Athanasius Schneider

  1. orthodoxgirl99 says:

    I will follow this with interest. Fr. Rosica’s actions are breathtaking….bullyboy tactics are bad enough but to do this during a period of reflection, penitence and fasting from all manner of earthly things, is unbelievable. Another mess on the Holy Father’s doorstep, Kyrie eleison.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    C’mon now, everyone, even a priest, has a right to defend his reputation.

  4. Frere Rabit says:

    I think you miss the point. When the publicly stated view of Fr Thomas Rosica are challenged as heterodox, it is his right to argue against that opinion. It is not proper to employ legal redress to silence a fellow Catholic from expressing such an opinion. Given the senior position of Fr Rosica in the Vatican and the lowly status of the blogger concerned, it is also more appropriate to come to the defence of David Domet than worry too much about Fr Rosica’s “rights” as a cack-handed Vatican spin-doctor who has now become the story.

    Pope Francis is very concerned about those “on the periphery”. Let him pull off his Vatican wolves from those who express the right to defend Catholic doctrine, from the Canadian margins. This story can only end one way: with a retraction or resignation from the man who made his media job the main story. Fr Thomas Rosica should consider his position.

  5. Sandy Morris says:

    You are to be commended.The letter that Bishop Schneider has sent the blogger concerned,,has given him great comfort and new courage.Thank you.

  6. Lee says:

    Indeed, you are to be commended for writing this letter to His Excellency, Bishop Schneider. We are blessed to still have some real Catholic Sheppard’s left in the world 🙂

  7. Frere Rabit says:

    Well said, fellow Catholics. The comments here are few, but the hits on the blog say it all. Normally my donkeys – lovely as they are – get about 20 or 30 visitors on a good day. Since the comments about the FrThomas Rosica bullying of a fellow Catholic blogger, there are now 600 to 700 visitors per day.

    Who is the great media expert, Fr Rosica? The spin doctor should never become the story. You are a man who is well beyond your sell-by date, Rosica. Consider your position.

  8. lyndairish says:

    Anonymous, Mr Domet has not defamed Fr Rosica. And in any case, Fr Rosica has no reputation to protect in respect of adherence to the doctrine of the Faith.

  9. Annonn says:

    You may be interested in visiting some blogs with very interesting comments and proof. Perhaps you may look at this case a little differently, that is, if you truly seek the truth.

  10. Annonn says:

    Visit: VIDEO: Vatican Official Threatens to Sue Catholic Blogger – BIG BLUE WAVE: and

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