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SNAP Targets Fr. Lockwood; Prayers Needed


Saint Louis Catholic has the scoop and analysis:

There is Never Enough Blood to Satisfy the Enemies of the Church

The group SNAP, which uses the sex abuse scandals in the Church as the cudgel for promoting itself and its own agenda, has moved into the truly Orwellian today.  Not content with the sacrifice of Bishop Robert Finn, the Kansas City leader of SNAP is calling for the disciplining of Fr. Gregory Lockwood for the grave crime of defending Bishop Finn in print.

Thoughtcrime.  Hate speech.

You see, a faithful bishop cannot even be defended by a faithful Catholic priest or layman publicly, or they’ll go after him, too.

SNAP has decided that Bishop Finn is a bad man.  Therefore, anyone who defends him must also be a bad man.  We see this line of “reasoning” in other contexts these days by other groups with similar tactics:  Bake that cake! Perform that sodomite marriage! Desecrate that Eucharist! Offer up that incense to Moloch!

Or else.

The SNAP press release is excerpted below, and I have (several responses):

MO–Victims want KC priest disciplined for defending Finn

(Oh yes, the “victims” want this.  Not the professional victim-creators, oh no.)

In a stunningly (not) callous letter to his parishioners, a Kansas City pastor is (not) misleading Catholics, (not) re-victimizing adults and (not) endangering kids by (not) deceptively defending a convicted bishop and attacking the motives of those who feel betrayed by him.

(On the contrary.  The only people in this incident who are seeking to make political hay out of, and “re-victimize” those who may have been abused, are those whose very mission depends upon the existence of abuse victims.  Fr. Lockwood’s letter is not misleading and is in fact quite charitable.  But what’s one more good man to destroy?)

In a letter to members of Christ the King parish…

Read the rest here.

I’ve known other priests unjustly targeted by members of SNAP. I’m not here to make a value judgment on the SNAP organization itself; I don’t have enough data. I will say that this organization appears to have become unduly powerful because of the inexcusable and widespread nature of the sex abuse crisis in the Church. If SNAP destroys good priests for simply stating opinions in defense of their bishops — and make no mistake, Bp. Finn had ideological enemies throwing gleeful parties upon his resignation — then it’s a monster of a different kind than the one it has supposedly been created to confront.

This all reminds me of something Our Lady of Good Success prophesied in the 17th century:

The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed… The Devil will try to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every possible way; he will labor with cruel and subtle astuteness to deviate them from the spirit of their vocation and will corrupt many of them. These depraved priests, who will scandalize the Christian people, will make the hatred of bad Catholics and the enemies of the Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church fall upon all priests… Unhappy times will come wherein those who should fearlessly defend the rights of the Church will instead, blinded despite the light, give their hand to the Church’s enemies and do their bidding.

If that doesn’t sound like an apt description of the priesthood in the wake of all these scandals, I don’t know what does.

Our own Brian Williams wrote about Fr. Lockwood’s letter earlier this week. From the accounts that I’ve heard, he is a very good priest. He also celebrates the TLM. This, by itself, is no guarantee of character. Still, it is often such a rare and controversial thing to do even in these post-Summorum Pontificum years that it rarely fails to be a hallmark of a priest’s true love of Our Lord in the Eucharist.

I do not know him, but if I may be so bold, I would like to request your prayers on his Fr. Lockwood’s behalf. It’s beginning to feel like open season in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, and I sincerely hope that the innocent, faithful priests of that diocese enjoy Our Lady’s special protection during this difficult time.

5 thoughts on “SNAP Targets Fr. Lockwood; Prayers Needed”

  1. I think SNAP deserves much criticism and I suspect they are really dissidents and the leaders akin to folks like Al Sharpton vis a vis race issues. As for a few facts, SNAP President David C. has admitted in civil court that the group has provided false information about priests/dioceses/allegations in their press releases:

    SNAP has also refused to release internal documents showing their finances and links to attorneys who specialize in suing dioceses- like Jeff Anderson- and the fact that they certainly receive “donations” from the attorneys, while SNAP refers clients back to them. Of course, they demand that bishops release every last internal document:

    They have also withheld/delayed reporting allegations themselves in order to save them for press releases, as recently occurred in the Arch. of Chicago:

    Last July SNAP released a press statement which arguably questions the inviolability of the seal of confession, in reply to a Court decision in Louisiana on the issue. Even if they think abuse may have been covered up by a priest in confession- which, by its nature, it is not possible to know- to suggest that a priest violate the seal or be forced to by the State as a way to teach the Church a lesson has no justification and reveals much: .

    They have also disrupted Masses in Missouri. Here are other revealing stories:

  2. al Sharpton, SPLC, jesse Jackson, dan savage and SNAP appear to all be made from the same cloth. their tactic, to use anyone and anything to promote themselves with no regard for anyone else is more common than people realize among those who lean Marxist.

  3. Fr. Lockwood is not the man to target in this nonsense. I was just notified of this blast on the man who spent years becoming a MARRIED Catholic priest. Integrity – check, Gone before a panel of Cardinals to become a priest – check, Catholic church now akin to Islam with witch hunts – check. You’re going to see a lot more Keith Knoesel comments on all these “Catholic” sites because Greg Lockwood was a mentor to me and a great football coach. You people call yourselves Catholic attacking a great man? Jesus would tell you otherwise.


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