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Anthony Carver: Bishop should resign

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Franciscan Hospitality House

Bishop Patrick Callahan offers a prayer of blessing at the Hospitality House at 114 N. Sixth St. when it opened in 2015. 

Last week, Bishop William Callahan suspended Father James Altman from public ministry. The primary reason seems to be Father Altman’s preaching about pro-abortion Catholics.

Since Roe v. Wade, we have witnessed institutionalized abortion in America that has resulted in the death of one million babies every year. The vanguard supporting this infrastructure of abortion for the past half century are Catholic politicians, yet the bishops do nothing about this scandal.

Bishops across the country basically operate as mid-level bureaucrats, only concerned with the inflow of donations and government monies, and with the avoidance of negative PR. The sex abuse scandal was a glaring indication of this reality. The bishops cared nothing about the abuse of children until it resulted in negative media attention and financial consequences in the form of lawsuits.

As part of this corruption, American bishops are aided and abetted by an army of overpaid quasi-bureaucrats who work for the various dioceses. Not only does this ecclesial bureaucracy takes millions in donations from lay Catholics while accomplishing nothing, but they act as a hindrance to needed church reform.

Callahan has proven to be an ineffective and highly divisive leader. Attempting to project his own failings onto some small-town parish priest takes a breathtaking amount of hypocritical arrogance. As his position is becoming increasingly untenable, the bishop should prayerfully consider resigning at the earliest opportunity. Until he does, Catholics should refrain from sending any donations to the diocese and to special projects such as the cathedral restoration fund.

Anthony Carver

La Crosse 


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