As the dissident Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) prepares to hold its annual assembly in Albuquerque, New Mexico next week, Lepanto Institute continues its coverage of this dissident organization.
We have already illustrated how the AUSCP is seeking to create priestless parishes and is pushing for the ordination of women to the permanent diaconate. Last week, we published a report on the AUSCP’s destructive vision of priestly formation and how they are giving a podium at their assembly to Fr. Richard Rohr, who is notorious for favoring contraception, New Age mysticism and homosexuality. Our report also spotlighted a class held by Fr. Rohr’s organization titled "Elements of Magic," which was based on a book by a self-proclaimed witch named Starhawk.
Archbishop John Wester is acting as "episcopal moderator" of the AUSCP and is opening up his diocese to this band of dissident priests. But this is not the only support the AUSCP is receiving, and in fact, you may be unwittingly giving money to them as well.
In 2016, according to the AUSCP Facebook page, Chicago Abp. Blase Cupich willingly hosted the AUSCP Annual Assembly, expressing "support for the work of the association" and "said he would encourage priests of the archdiocese to join in the assembly."
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