Bishop Brown has been extremely supportive of Fr. Rod Stephens, his former director of Liturgy & Evangelization. Fr. Rod was effectively living with Howard Sellers as his "companion" and business partner for a number of years before and after Bishop Brown came to be Bishop of Orange. Fr. Rod has since taken a leave of absence from the priesthood, but he is still well paid by parishes within the Diocese of Orange for his decorating and design work. See: All That Perceptions Stuff — Ex-priest Rod Stephens Still Works in Orange Diocese, Los Angeles Lay Catholic Mission, July/August 2004
Here's a recent article which features a photograph of the former Fr. Rod Stephens supporting women's ordination by attending a ceremony in August celebrating the "ordination" of Jane Via where Via "led the Mass, gave a brief homily and distributed Communion.": Ordination puts woman, backers at odds with the Catholic Church
Perhaps Bishop Brown doesn't mind Fr. Stephen's support for women's ordination. Here's a picture of Bishop Brown at the close of Christian Unity Week:
Why does Bishop Brown keep supporting this priest who chose to be with his domestic partner instead of remaining faithful to his ordination as a priest? Why was Bishop Brown so cavalier about suspicions of a sexual relationship between Fr. Stephens and another man (even admitting that he believed Fr. Stephens had once had a sexual relationship with his "friend", but was not sexually involved with him to his knowledge) while he was a priest who worked in the chancery of the Diocese of Orange? Why do the donations of hard working Catholics in the Diocese of Orange continue to be used to pay Rod Stephens, thereby funding his so-called alternative lifestyle? Why do priests in the Diocese of Orange continue to secure Rod Stephens' services in designing their "worship space", despite his heterodox views and alternative lifestyle?
Why has Bishop Brown been so supportive of homosexuality since his tenure began as Bishop of the Diocese of Orange in Orange County, California (and even before)? See: Open Letter to Tod Brown, Bishop of Orange
In light of Bishop Tod Brown's decision that Catholics may kneel after the Agnus Dei "in conscience" and should not be accused of mortal sin for doing so, but those same Catholics are not fit to serve in parish ministries, a reader has contributed a new Bishop Brown cartoon. Due to technical difficulties, I couldn't get the image to load wihout distortions, so I have linked it instead. The link is better anyway, because it allows me to use a larger image. Click here for the cartoon: Bishop Brown Cartoon
You can also scroll through our humor archives to see previous Bishop Brown cartoons.
Excerpts of her stories were available to all visitors to her Web site, while others paid to read whole stories, prosecutors said.
Fletcher was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on six counts involving six stories about the kidnapping, torture, sexual molestation and murder of children 9 and under. The charges carry five years in prison each.
Fletcher, in a telephone interview with The Associated Press, said Wednesday that federal authorities "didn't like my site." She had no other comment on the charges.
Some appropriate meditation:
Why dost thou stand afar off, O LORD?
Why dost thou hide thyself in times of trouble?
In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes which they have devised.
For the wicked boasts of the desires of his heart,
and the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, "There is no God."
His ways prosper at all times;
thy judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
He thinks in his heart, "I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity."
His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the hapless,
he lurks in secret like a lion in his covert;
he lurks that he may seize the poor,
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
The hapless is crushed, sinks down,
and falls by his might.
He thinks in his heart, "God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it."
Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thy hand;
forget not the afflicted.
Why does the wicked renounce God,
and say in his heart, "Thou wilt not call to account"?
Thou dost see; yea, thou dost note trouble and vexation,
that thou mayest take it into thy hands;
the hapless commits himself to thee;
thou hast been the helper of the fatherless.
Break thou the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
The LORD is king for ever and ever;
the nations shall perish from his land.
O LORD, thou wilt hear the desire of the meek;
thou wilt strengthen their heart, thou wilt incline thy ear
to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none that does good.
The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
to see if there are any that act wisely,
that seek after God.
They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt;
there is none that does good,
no, not one.
Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and do not call upon the LORD?
There they shall be in great terror,
for God is with the generation of the righteous.
You would confound the plans of the poor,
but the LORD is his refuge.
O that deliverance for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
Jacob shall rejoice, Israel shall be glad.
Now, before saying anything else, it's important to note that Archbishop Milingo is crazier than a box of frogs. Seriously. The wheel is spinning, but the hamster is dead.
You may remember that in New York in May of 2001, Milingo at the age of 71, married Maria Sung, a 43-year-old Korean acupuncturist in in a group marriage ceremony. This marriage was arranged by Reverend Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church (a sect that critics refer disparagingly to as the "Moonies").
Pope John Paul II was able to convince Archbishop Milingo to leave Maria Sung, and he was reconciled to the Church, but Milingo has recently gone back to Maria Sung, and now he's consecrated these married men.
The consecrations may not be valid. It will be interesting to see how the Church handles this situation. Although it is serious, it really does seem that Milingo may suffer from mental illness or may have been brainwashed through Sun Myung Moon's influence.
Update: The Holy See has declared that Archbishop Milingo and the four men he consecrated were automatically excommunicated by the very action of their attempted episcopal consecration. Additionally, the Vatican Press Office made clear that these consecrations will never be recognized as valid by the Holy See.
VATICAN CITY, SEP 26, 2006 (VIS) - The Holy See Press Office today released a communique concerning the present ecclesial position of Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo. The text of the communique is given below:
"With great concern, the Holy See has followed the recent activities of Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, emeritus of Lusaka, Zambia, with his new association of married priests, spreading division and confusion among the faithful.
"Church representatives of various levels have tried in vain to contact Archbishop Milingo in order to dissuade him from persisting in actions that provoke scandal, especially among the faithful who followed his pastoral ministry in favor of the poor and the sick.
"Bearing in mind the understanding shown, also recently, by Peter's Successor towards this aged pastor of the Church, the Holy See has awaited with vigilant patience the evolution of events which, unfortunately, have led Archbishop Milingo to a position of irregularity and of progressively open rupture of communion with the Church, first with his attempted marriage and then with the ordination of four bishops on Sunday, September 24, in Washington D.C., U.S.A.
"For this public act both Archbishop Milingo and the four ordinands have incurred excommunication 'latae sententiae,' as laid down in Canon 1382 of the Code of Canon Law. Moreover, the Church does not recognize, nor does she intend to recognize in the future, these ordinations and all ordinations deriving from them; and she considers the canonical status of the four supposed-bishops as being that they held prior to this ordination.
The Apostolic See, attentive to the unity and peace of the flock of Christ, had hoped that the fraternal influence of people close to Archbishop Milingo would cause him to rethink and return to full communion with the Pope. Unfortunately the latest developments have made these hopes more unlikely.
"At times of ecclesial suffering such as these, may prayers intensify among all the community of the faithful."