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NOTE: The following email was sent to both the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services. While the Lepanto Institute never received a response from either, the Facebook pages of both individuals identified below have been altered to hide the evidence, indicating that the USCCB and CRS received the email, but chose not to respond.
[email to USCCB and CRS]
I wanted to make you aware of an article I have written regarding one of your employees. I am writing to you now in order to provide you the opportunity to address and correct the situation before we publish the information we have obtained. Our scheduled publishing date and time is noon on Tuesday, May 31, however we are open suspending publication given a timely and reasonable response.
President, Lepanto Institute
Here at the Lepanto Institute, we work hard to investigate and inform our bishops and the lay faithful of dangers facing our Church, especially as it pertains to individuals and organizations aligning themselves with the Culture of Death. While we have a standard set of research in which we regularly engage, sometimes we receive tips, questions, and concerns from our readers, prompting us to look into matters we hadn't thought of.
What we would like to make clear here is that our focus is primarily on organizations and organizational issues, not individuals. But when a credible problem pertaining to personnel is discovered, we are compelled to follow the leads and make the matter known to the appropriate authorities. When it does not appear that the concern is being taken seriously, our only recourse is to take the matter to the faithful. Such is a situation facing us now.
Until a little over a week ago, we had never heard of a USCCB employee named Kristyn Peck. When someone views someone else's profile on Linkedin, Linkedin notifies the individual of who has been looking at their profile. Ms. Peck, for some reason or other, looked at Michael Hichborn's profile, which is the only reason he became aware of her. So, Michael, seeing that she works for the USCCB, wanted to know who she is, and in turn, looked at her profile. Ms. Peck is the USCCB's Associate Director of Children's Services. Her profile on Linkedin provided a photo and a work history.
It didn't take long to find her Facebook profile, showing that she had celebrated the notorious Supreme Court same-sex "marriage" decision from 26 June 2015.
On 26 June, Ms. Peck superimposed a rainbow image (the symbol of the homosexual movement) over her profile image with Facebook's "Celebrate Pride" application.
The next day, Peck posted a rainbow image with the hashtag, "LoveWins," indicating the victory being celebrated in relation to the same-sex "marriage" Supreme Court ruling.
While much of what Kristyn Peck posts on her Facebook page is hidden from public view, this little bit is enough to show that her beliefs and values are not in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
But Ms. Peck is not the only individual to come to our attention. Last year, someone from within Catholic Relief Services sent us an anonymous tip regarding an employee alleged to be in a homosexual relationship and promoting same-sex "marriage" on Facebook. After giving it some time and thought, and since a USCCB employee is also promoting same-sex "marriage," we thought it was time to write about this as well.
Michael Wynne is a systems analyst for Catholic Relief Services, so says his Facebook page as well as his Linkedin profile.
Again, it didn't take long to see that Mr. Wynne is actively promoting same-sex "marriage." And it should be noted and made abundantly clear, he is doing so while publicly identifying himself as an employee of Catholic Relief Services. In other words, his public support for same-sex "marriage" is attached to his public identification with an agency of the Catholic Church.
For instance, in March of 2013, Wynne commented on an image that he posted of a pink and red "equals" sign, stating clearly of the image that "it's in support of Marriage Equality..."
The day after the Supreme Court's same-sex "marriage" decision, Wynne posted an image of himself, his mother, and the man he lives with, superimposed by the colors of the rainbow, created by Facebook's "celebrate pride" application.
Among Wynne's "likes" on Facebook are several LGBTQ organizations. As can be seen below, Wynne "likes" the LGBT-promoting "No H8 Campaign," several "Miss Gay" pageants, several cross-dressing (drag) organizations including the infamous RuPau's "All Stars Drag Race," a "gay chorus," and "Boom Magazine," which describes itself as a "St. Louis based News, Advocacy and Community Publication Serving the LGBQIA+ and Urban Progressive audience."
Wynne is a member of the group, "Triangle Gay Men's Chorus," and according to his comments on a photo posted in 2012, he was once a member of the chorus itself.
A few weeks ago, the Lepanto Institute published a report on the head of the USCCB's Catholic News Service, Tony Spence and his promotion of homosexuality. Last year, the Lepanto Institute revealed that a vice-president of Catholic Relief Services was in a same-sex "marriage." A few years before that, several reports showed the contraception and abortion promotion undertaken by several other CRS employees.
As we said in the beginning, our aim here is not to go investigate everyone working in some capacity for the Catholic Church, but to alert the hierarchy to the fact that there is a systemic problem in their bureaucratic ranks. As they say in Washington, DC, personnel is policy, and when you have a proclivity of personnel who believe and profess the exact opposite of the entity for whom they work, it is an indication of a very serious problem. And at a time when the Church is facing quite possibly the greatest apostasy since Arius, this is a very serious problem indeed.
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