“A Canadian bishop has distanced himself from a priest who told his parishioners in a bulletin announcement that they should ‘not attend’ pro-homosexual pride events in June.
Fr. Robert Chisholm of St. Gregory the Great parish in Picton, Ontario, had told parishioners that ‘Catholics and all other Christians should not attend LGBTQ2 ‘Pride Month’ events held this month.’
‘They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Christian faith and morals. This is especially harmful to children because it could lead them away from God’s revealed Truth,’ he wrote in his June 9 bulletin.
The announcement provoked immediate backlash from LGBT activists who made plans to hold a demonstration outside the parish during Mass this weekend. Parents and teachers from the local Catholic school even joined in the fray, going as far as wearing ‘pride’ colors on Friday morning outside the school to show their support for the LGBT movement.
Kingston Archbishop Michael Mulhall issued a statement on the archdiocese’s website late Friday afternoon, calling the priest’s statement ‘inappropriate.’
‘I did not sanction this message, and it does not reflect the spirit of accompanying charity and compassion that should always characterize our faith. The archdiocese has spoken with the pastor of the parish. He regrets any hurt his inappropriate comments have caused,’ he stated.
Archbishop Mulhall, appointed to the Archdiocese of Kingston in March after serving as bishop of the Diocese of Pembroke, Ontario, for 12 years, has been known as one of the stronger Canadian bishops. For a number of years he was the only bishop in Canada to withhold funds from the Canadian bishops’ charitable arm Development and Peace over its contributions to pro-abortion organizations in the developing world.”