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LEXINGTON, Ky. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Kentucky prelate is virtue signaling to a Catholic educator who was fired for being in a same-sex union.
During an online gathering of the College Theology Society on Friday, Bp. John Stowe of Lexington apologized to former Pennsylvania Catholic education director Margie Winters, who was fired in 2015 for being in a public so-called gay marriage with another woman.
"You tell a story that has happened to you and so many others ..., to be betrayed by an institution that you love," alleged Stowe. "As part of [the] male hierarchy, I apologize for the pain it has caused you."
The pro-gay prelate went on to obfuscate the teachings of the Church, arguing the Catholic faith "cannot be reduced to a morality clause."
"There is a hierarchy of truths and values that constitute the core of Catholicism," he claimed. "Catholic institutions have to be focused on the gospel itself and on the extension of the reign of God ... in ways that lead people to a deeper relationship with the Triune God."
The reference is similar to language used in 1963 by the late Abp. Andrea Pangrazio of Gorizia-Gradisca, who coined the "hierarchy of truths" trope during a speech at the Second Vatican Council, wherein he argued, "It seems very important to me to pay close attention to the hierarchical order of revealed truths which express the mystery of Christ and those elements which make up the Church."
Stowe appears to argue that preaching the gospel is a higher truth than the Church's teaching on marriage and sexuality. Though Pangrazio claims some truths can be more important than others, he also emphasizes that all truths must be equally kept.
"Although all the truths revealed by divine faith are to be believed with the same divine faith and all those elements which make up the Church must be kept with equal fidelity," asserted Pangrazio.
But this isn't the first time Stowe has blurred the lines of morality to accommodate a homosexualist agenda. In March, he sent a lone-wolf letter to the highest-ranking members of the Senate judiciary committee — pushing for the Biden-backed Equality Act.
"As a Catholic bishop, I hate to see any form of harmful discrimination protected by law, and it is consistent with our teaching to ensure that LGBTQ people have the protection they need," he wrote.
Stowe failed to note this bill permits discrimination against Catholics — or any other religious group that doesn't want to partake in homosexual events or promote homosexuality.
In June 2020, during so-called Pride Month, Stowe endorsed flying rainbow flags at Catholic churches. He also apologized for the Church's behavior, claiming it doesn't do enough to make the LGBT community feel comfortable.
In 2019, the bishop erroneously blamed Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann and his peers for wearing Trump hats — touting the media's false reports that they were aggressors and racists. The students were actually ambushed by leftist activist Nathan Phillips after the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.
With bishops like Stowe giving broad and sometimes false information on Church teaching, faithful Catholics that follow him are at risk of falling into material heresy — accepting error on both theological and moral questions that the Church has clearly answered.