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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 13, 2020   

Prelates promoting predators and pro-abort politicians

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SCRANTON, Penn. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Bishops are still enabling homosexual predator clerics and pro-abortion politicians with no end in sight.

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Msgr. Walter Rossi (Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty)

Church Militant has recently learned that a parish in Bp. Joseph Bambera's diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania had scheduled as a guest homilist Msgr. Walter Rossi. Bambera and the archdiocese of Washington, however, are both supposedly investigating Rossi for homosexual misconduct. Rossi, nonetheless, was slated to preach during Mass on March 26 at Bambera's Prince of Peace Parish. The Mass never took place owing to the pandemic-related shutdowns.

Scranton spokesman Eric Deadbill confirmed in January that Rossi's so-called investigation "is still underway." Rossi, a priest of the diocese of Scranton, has been on loan to the archdiocese of Washinton for years. Rossi was hand-picked by the disgraced former archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick to be rector since 2004 of the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas tweeted on Sept. 4 that Rossi should be suspended while under investigation for homosexual predation. He retweeted a comment from Church Militant's Michael Voris, who asked, "So why is Msgr. Walter Rossi even still, right this very moment, not been removed from ministry while not one, but TWO investigations of him are being conducted for homopredation."

Strickland added, "This is contrary to canon law — a canonical preliminary investigation is called for and Msgr. Rossi should be on administrative leave."

Former U.S. nuncio Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò in June stated, "Monsignor Rossi is, without a doubt, a member of the 'gay mafia.'" 

At that time Viganò confirmed that, as papal nuncio, he'd received complaints of homosexual predation and harassment by Rossi.

Yet, Bambera hasn't suspended Rossi, who he allows to preach in his diocese. Rossi, likewise, is allowed to remain in his position as rector of the National Shrine by Washington's Abp. Wilton Gregory, who is supposedly also investigating Rossi.

This is contrary to canon law.

In addition to enabling homosexual predators, Bambera, a registered Democrat, also has a history of enabling pro-abortion politicians like Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and former vice president Joe Biden.

Casey's voting record on pro-life issues earned for him a perfect score in 2016 and 2017 from the pro-death political group NARAL. Biden, likewise a self-proclaimed Catholic, not only supports abortion on demand but also same-sex marriage.

Bambera, nonetheless, was prominently seated with Casey and Biden during a public dinner hosted by Scranton's Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in 2015. During his speech at the dinner, Biden not only gave high praise to Bambera but also rattled off a series of high-profile clerics who were under investigation for either perpetrating or covering for the homosexual abuse crisis that was outed in 2018.


 

Prelates gushed over by Biden included the disgraced Cdl. Donald Wuerl and Theodore McCarrick, both former archbishops of Washington. Beginning his talk, Biden turned to Bambera and joked that he needed "absolution."

"Bishop, I may need anticipatory absolution," laughed Biden.

Biden then mentioned several Catholic clergy, all of whom have been outed by Viganò and others as members of the homosexual network:

"I've a couple good friends in Washington who I had breakfast with this morning ... Bobby [Casey] was there ... Cdl. Wuerl, who sends his best. I told him I was coming up to see you bishop; and Cdl. McCarrick, who is one of the really fine, fine men. They both send their best."

These disgraced churchmen came together in December 2017 during a dedication Mass at the National Basilica honoring artwork at the basilica referred to as the "Crown Jewel." The completion of this artwork is said to have been the final step in finishing the work of the upper church that began in 1955.

'Bishop, I may need anticipatory absolution,' laughed Biden.

In attendance along with McCarrick, Wuerl and Rossi were Philadelphia's former Abp. Justin Rigali and McCarrick's former housemate Cdl. Kevin Farrell.

Rigali, who led St. Louis before moving to Philadelphia, ended his episcopal career under the cloud of clergy sex abuse. Farrell, although a co-worker with homopredator Fr. Marcial Macielgained notoriety in 2018 for declaring how "shocked" he was to learn of McCarrick's crimes.

Faithful Catholics, however, continue to be shocked at how prelates like Gregory and Bambera can still network with homopredators like Rossi and pro-death Catholics like Casey and Biden.

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