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: http://www.churchmilitant.tv/documents/spec-2015-02-19.pdf
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 http://saltandlighttv.org/blog/rosicareflections/the-ways-of-the-desert-2
“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: http://marklambert.blogspot.com.es/2015/02/high-profile-priest-sues-blogger-over.html
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
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”
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,
Update 10.30 pm SERT (Standard Europoean Rabit Time)
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. http://www.voxcantor.blogspot.com.es/2015/02/what-wonderful-catholic-world.html
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.