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Rochester Priest Promotes “Call to Action” Conference

November 22nd, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

Fr. William Spilly, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hamlin and very good friend of Jim Callan (read the Studentbaker Corporation for more on that), speaks about his recent attendance at the notoriously dissenting “Call to Action” conference. Below is what he wrote about the event:

Fr. Spilly endorsement of CTA

Perhaps Fr. Spilly, and some other Rochester priests, could use a little refresher on why Call to Action is an organization of dissidents that is not endorsed by the Catholic Church and forbidden to operate on church property is most dioceses.

From their web site:
Home page:

  • “Call To Action Part of New Pro-LGBT Catholic Coalition!”
  • “US Catholic Bishop Elections Signal Continued Targeting of Gay, Transgender People”

FAQ page:

  • “laity and clergy are to be consulted in the formulation of church doctrine and discipline, including human sexuality, academic freedom, roles of the laity and liturgical issues”
  • the priesthood is open to all people: single, married, women, men”
  • “the people of a diocese should be consulted in the selection of their bishops.”

JustChurch program page:

  • “An online petition, initiated by the Women’s Ordination Conference, and supported by Fr. Bourgeois and coalition partners Call To Action/USA and Roman Catholic Womenpriests is gathering the signatures and support of thousands of Catholics across the country. Click here to sign the petition, “Break the Silence on Women’s Ordination. Shatter the Stained Glass Ceiling.””
  • “Ask your bishop to stand with the California bishops and make a similar statement in support of women religious in the United States” (this is  because they perceive the Vatican investigation into the life of women religious in the U.S. as opression)
  • “A month after firing Ruth Kolpack over her thesis on inclusive language and church teaching, Madison’s Bishop Morlino met with 350 local Catholics who testified to Ruth’s vibrant ministry and the injustice of firing her.

    Don’t let our church be Ruth-less!If you live in the Madison Diocese, you are asked to send in the Bishop’s Annual Catholic Appeal without money and with the words “Reinstate Ruth” written on the envelope.”
  • “Ask him to urge Bishop Morlino to reinstate Ruth and create just workplace policies for lay ministers. There are more than 30,000 lay ministers in our country who can be fired at a priest or bishop’s whim without due process.”
  • “Fr. Marek Bozek, pastor at St. Stanislaus Kostka parish in St. Louis, has been notified by the Vatican that he has been “laicized” for his efforts to keep the parish lay-led and inclusive to those normally marginalized by the church.Call To Action’s JustChurch campaign leader in St. Louis, Megan Heeney of the CTA-affiliated Catholic Action Network, invites all Call To Action members and other supporters who live within driving distance to worship with St. Stanislaus on Sunday, March 15th to show your support for Marek and this inclusive Catholic community.”

Furthermore, read any one of their newsletters to get the full scope of their hatred for all things Roman Catholic.

As you can see, it is troubling that a Rochester priest would attend one of these conferences where dissenters meet to high-five each other. It is even more troubling that he would promote this event in his bulletin space (above) and on his parish web site (below).

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton link to “Call to Action”

As for his effort to compare the oppression of women in Islam to some perceived oppression of women in Catholicism… where do these people get off making such claims? Do they not realize that in some Muslim nations, women are required to be completely covered from head to toe (save for their eyes) and can even be stoned to death for sexual crimes? Just drive down Lyell Avenue in the city and you will see a mosque located not too far from Holy Apostles church that has a sign outside indicating that there are two different entrances for men and women. It’s atrocious that anyone would try to compare the status of women between these two religions!

More of the same in Rochester, folks. There are far to many Jim Callan loyalists hanging around, running our parishes. This support for dissent is going to continue until: a) Bishop Clark receives an awakening and decides to put a stop to this, b) 2012 comes and we get a bishop who will stand up to these priests, c) The Spirit of Vatican II era priests retire within the next 10 years. Until then, this undermining of the Catholic Church will continue.

For other posts about this pastor, read here, here, here, and here.

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6 Responses to “Rochester Priest Promotes “Call to Action” Conference”

  1. avatar benanderson says:

    truly unbelievable. you can’t make this stuff up.

  2. avatar Louis E. says:

    Futurechurch is another link not known for its traditional orthodozy.(At least he didn’t link to the “American Catholic Council”).

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    Another priest who has lost his vocation

  4. avatar Anonymous says:

    So “Laity and Clergy ” are to be consulted as to the declaration of doctrine. THese hypocrites didn’t do that when they suppressed the Catholic Physician’s Guild. No consultation there. Only the heave and diabolical hand of the diocese. Such hypocracy.

  5. avatar Monk says:

    Anonymous 6:23
    Not only has he lost his vocation but he is trying to take his entire parish along with him. He is a heretic but he has no right to misguide the faithful entrusted to him. Bishop Clark has much to answer for!

  6. avatar Anonymous says:

    He is a poster boy for the bishop. Just another heretic to promote the bishop’s agenda.


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