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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - One of the loudest supporters of Pope Francis is being slammed for making a sacrilegious remark about the Blessed Sacrament.
Canadian priest Fr. Thomas Rosica said during a press conference at the 2015 Synod on the Family, "Please remember there is a sexual nature to the Eucharist — 'This is My Body, given up for you' — and we need to root that in human sexuality and in love, and it helps us to appreciate even better the Sacrament of the Eucharist."
Father Rosica, a Vatican media official, presented this idea to the press during a press conference about the day's discussion subjects during the Synod in November 2015. The video clip was tweeted by @CatholicSat on September 6.
Rosica is the head of Canada's Salt and Light TV, and has repeatedly invited notorious theological dissidents onto a one-on-one interview program titled Witness.
Most infamous of his guests was ex-priest Gregory Baum. Now deceased, Baum was a sworn opponent of Catholic beliefs about contraception, homosexuality, the priesthood, devotion to Mary and numerous other things.
Most notably, Baum was a prominent leader in the opposition to Church teaching on artificial contraception.
Baum left the priesthood and married an ex-nun. In the months leading up to his death, Baum published his autobiography The Oil Has Not Run Dry, which mentions that he had also been a practicing homosexual for decades.
When Baum appeared on Witness, Fr. Rosica went to great lengths to flatter the laicized priest.
Rosica said to Baum while introducing the show, "I've certainly admired very much your theology, your writings — but also your love of the Church, your love of Christ. And you helped to keep alive not only the spirit of the Second Vatican Council but also the authentic teaching of the Council."
"You remain a faithful, deeply devoted Catholic," Fr. Rosica continued, praising the ex-priest for his supposed love for "Jesus, the Church, the Eucharist."
Father Rosica is a prominent defender of Pope Francis. In a "reflection" shared online on July 31, Rosica praised Pope Francis as a subversive radical remaking the Church in his own image, writing, "Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants because he is 'free from disordered attachments.'"
Father Rosica has remained pro-Francis even in the fallout of Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò's bombshell testimony — which alleges that Francis knew of allegations against then-Cdl. Theodore McCarrick but lifted sanctions that had been imposed on him by Pope Benedict XVI.