Matt C. Abbott
November 9, 2015
Bishop has parish remove controversial sign
By Matt C. Abbott

I commend Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo for having a parish in his diocese remove a large sign that read "Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine."

The sign was featured in a blog post at Catholic Family News. Click here to view it.

John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News, wrote:
    Yesterday a friend sent me a photo of the sign at St. Columba-Brigid R. C. Church in Buffalo. The sign was so scandalous I had a hard time believing it was not photo-shopped.

    This morning I drove to the church to see for myself. With great sadness I report it is true. I snapped the [photo below] this morning.

    This pro-homosexual sign effectively mocks the Blessed Trinity, mocks the Hypostatic Union, mocks the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – some of the most sacred components of our Catholic Faith.

I contacted the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo for comment and received the following response (attributed to Bishop Malone):
    Thank you for your message regarding the sign at SS Columba – Brigid Church here in Buffalo. As soon as I learned of this sign, I took immediate action to have it removed. The pastor of SS Columba – Brigid Church told me that the '2 Dads' were meant to refer to a child who has both a father and stepfather. There are several children in his parish who have both a father and stepfather. However, given the potential for the meaning of this message to be misunderstood and even perceived in a heretical way, it was immediately removed.
My comments:

The pastor's explanation for the offensive sign is almost laughable.

It reminds me of the explanation I received (this was several years ago) from a public relations firm working for a Catholic seminary whose official magazine, in at least one issue, contained ads for businesses catering to openly-homosexual men (one ad featured two men in a hot tub).

The seminary insisted it was merely a printer's error and that only a couple of copies were in circulation. I had been provided with a copy by a source. The seminary then released a statement accusing me of being "irresponsible" and posted on its website the letter from the printer apologizing for the "error." Interestingly, the printer's letterhead featured a drawing of a muscular man.

The bottom line: the gay mafia is essentially running a large segment of the Church, and it's tragic to see.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.



Related link:

"Homosexuality and the Church Crisis"

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Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He's been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.


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