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Screengrab YouTube – St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church

There’s little question that Black Lives Matter is a political movement, even if the media does run interference for the left-wing group, protecting it like a mama bear would protect her cub.

But this veil of protection against criticism extends beyond the liberal media, as a Catholic priest in Indiana would learn.

Bishop Timothy Doherty, of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, suspended the Rev. Theodore Rothrock, of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, after the priest compared Black Lives Matter and its organizers to “maggots and parasites,” The Hill reported.

“The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own,” Rothrock wrote last Sunday in a weekly bulletin. “They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.”

The remark touches on the real crisis for so many black Americans, “broken families.”

Of course, this distracts from the entitlement mentality that the Democratic Party has worked hard for more than a half century to establish, ensuring that those dependent on the entitlements will continue to vote for them.

“They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God,” the message added.

“Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured,” Rothrock declared.

A quick perusal of the official Black Lives Matter website will confirm much of what the priest stated.

Retired NFL player Marcellus Wiley touched on it recently in a viral video that not only called the movement out for its divisive identity politics, but called attention to the BLM mission statement: “We dismantle the patriarchal practice. We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.”

The former athlete did a deep dive on the disadvantages of single-parent homes, and how so many children in those homes “found themselves outside of their dreams and goals and aspirations.”

Doherty suspended Rothrock on Wednesday, with the diocese saying in a statement that the bishop “expresses pastoral concern for the affected communities.”

“The suspension offers the Bishop an opportunity for pastoral discernment for the good of the diocese and for the good of Father Rothrock. Various possibilities for his public continuation in priestly ministry are being considered, but he will no longer be assigned as Pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel as his next appointment,” the statement said.

Rothrock apologized for the comments, according to the Indy Star, saying it was “not my intention to offend anyone.”

The newly formed advocacy group Carmel Against Racial Injustice asked Doherty to indefinitely remove Rothrock as a pastor and require training for priests on systemic racism — see BLM reeducation camps.

Official Statement From CARI Regarding Suspension of Father Rothrock and Plans for Sunday

As an organization, we wanted…

Posted by Carmel Against Racial Injustice on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

 

“While we recognize the bold action that Bishop Dohertey took in response to Father Rothrock’s words, our work is not done,” the group said in a Facebook statement. “We must remain vigilant in our stance that hate has no home at the head of a parish. We have not been swayed from our calling for Bishop Dohertey to completely remove Father Rothrock as a pastor, in any capacity, indefinitely. In this, we will remain keen to action steps taken, moving forward, regarding Father Rothrock’s suspension. We do know that he will NOT be the head of Saint Elizabeth Seton, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, or any other parish in Carmel.”

The left dominates the media, pop culture and the entertainment industry, education and government bureaucracy. Religion may be the final frontier and they appear to be well on their way to declaring victory here as well.

Tom Tillison

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