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

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 also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 'Unsolved' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. In 2005 and 2006, he was among the first writers to expose former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of power with and sexual harassment of seminarians. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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