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The Heart of the Matter (June 20, 2020)
On March 20, 2020, the Bishop of Richmond sent an e-mail to our two parish offices. He instructed us to disseminate a letter he had written to the parishioners of St. Joseph in Martinsville and St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount.
Click HERE to read Bishop Knestout’s letter.
I wrote a letter, attached to the bishop’s letter to the parishioners. Click HERE to read my letter.
In my letter, I refer to a number of documents:
- Click HERE to read the dialogue between Bishop Knestout and myself in September 2018.
- My notes, taken immediately after my meeting with Bishop Knestout, on November 21, 2019.
- My letter to the bishop of December 14, 2019.
- My letter of January 11, 2020.
- Full transcript of the meetings that occurred on February 5th and 6th
- My March 13, 2020, letter to Bishop Knestout, with canon-law arguments.
In his letter, the bishop cites some blog-post headlines. Here are links to those posts:
- Pope Francis a Heretic?
- The Opaque “Transparency” of the Richmond Diocese
- The College of Lying Cowards
And he quotes from two posts, namely:
I gave a homily about the situation on Jan. 12, 2020: Pleasing God and Free Speech
On March 27, my canon lawyer wrote to Bishop Knestout, asking the bishop to correct the record. No response.
On Easter Monday, April 13, Bishop Knestout wrote once again to the parishioners. Click HERE for information about that.
On the following day, the bishop began his extra-legal campaign to break my resolve, and my lawyer fought back, all fully documented HERE.
On June 17, 2020, my canon lawyer received a letter from the Vatican, dismissing the case on a questionable technicality. The same day, I received a letter from Bishop Knestout ordering my silence as a condition for my return to priestly ministry.
I wrote back to the bishop, pointing out the injustice of the Vatican’s decision, asking that he consider the merits of the case, and offering means of compromise about this blog (for the fifth time). I also wrote to my parishioners, to keep everyone informed.
We planned a prayerful vigil at the cathedral, on the occasion of the bishop’s annual Mass with the priests, which I could not concelebrate, since he suspended my mininstry. Mr. Ben Dennis of WRIC Richmond, and Bill Wyatt of Martinsville Bulletin, reported on the vigil.
Then we planned a trip to visit the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. Mr. Bruce Leshan of WUSA9 in Washington reported on it, in advance. Bill Wyatt of the Martinsville Bulletin, Santiago Melli-Huber of WFXR, and Paul Murano and David Nussman of Church Militant, also reported on it, in print and video.
On August 3, my canon lawyer wrote again to the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome, arguing that my suspension should be lifted, and I should be restored to the office of pastor.
We held another prayerful demonstration in front of our cathedral, on Sunday, August 16, to greet students returning to the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University (which surrounds the cathedral in Richmond). Bill Wyatt reported on it in the Martinsville Bulletin.
In mid-September, the Vatican replied again: We will not hear your case.
Church Militant reported on this, then Michael Voris interviewed me:
My “Dispatches from the Ecclesiastical Gulag”
#1 attempts to make sense of my “offenses” under Church law (May 15, 2020)
#9 Walter Winchell + the Gas-lit Gulag (August 25)
#10 Interview from the Ecclesiastical Gulag (May 16, 2021)
Joseph Saunders in Legal Examiner (April 23, 2020)
Kaitlyn Long on Criticism and Love (May 11)
Anthony Patriarco (June 30)
Patricia Gurley (July 1)
Alex McMurtrie III (July 3)
Judy Rogers (July 8)
Tom Cook (May 7, 2021)
Catholic Whistleblowers (May 15)
Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse “Help Father White!” petition (2021)
Media coverage, in addition to the links provided above:
Mr. Tom Lee wrote a letter to the editor.
Also: Santiago Melli-Huber, Kendall Davis, Ines San Martin, Kaicey Baylor, Bradley Eli, Claire Giangrave, Doug Mainwaring again, Mike Hoffman, Bradley Eli again, Santiago Melli-Huber again, and Bill Wyatt again.
Anglican Watch interview, January 2021
William Mahoney of Church Militant, May 13, 2021