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If the bishops of Kentucky were betting their sentimental favorite in the 2020 presidential election, the majority of them would be putting their money on Joe Biden.
Bishops William Medley of Owensboro, Roger Foys of Covington, and John Stowe of Lexington — 3 out of 4 of Kentucky's bishops — are registered Democrats. Of the three, Stowe has the most problematic record.
"But I also know the importance of we in the white community needing to listen," Bp. Stowe said in a webinar presentation called Church After 2020.
This is a bishop full of apologies to various Democrat victim groups but not to a teenage, faithful Catholic.
Stowe, who was not Sandman's bishop, made a very public statement condemning the 16-year-old.
In an op-ed piece for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Stowe wrote:
As the leader of the Catholic Church in the 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky, I join the diocese of Covington and other Catholic leaders in apologizing in the wake of this incident.
I am ashamed that the actions of Kentucky Catholic high school students have become a contradiction of the very reverence for human life that the March [for Life] is supposed to manifest.
Stowe later admitted the diocese office was flooded with phone calls and that Sandmann's legal team threatened him with a lawsuit.
In a second incident on the Feast of Corpus Christi, during June Pride Month for gays, Stowe apologized to homosexuals on behalf of the Church.
"I'm sorry that the Church hasn't been as welcoming as it should be in many cases. I'm sorry that the issue of sexual orientation has become so divisive in our Church and in our community," he told his audience.
Michael Hichborn, who has extensively investigated both groups, provided his perspective:
The problem is that New Ways Ministry supports same-sex marriage and the homosexual lifestyle. It gives no indication that anything is wrong with sodomy in any way, shape or form. It's been censured by both the Vatican and the USCCB [United States Conference of Catholic Bishops]. So a bishop supporting New Ways Ministry is deeply upsetting.
But Bishop Stowe is not just supporting New Ways Ministry, he's actually a member of the Association of United States Catholic Priests, and that organization officially calls for the ordination of women; it supports homosexuality among the priesthood; it supports priestless parishes. The entire organization itself is completely founded on heresy and heretical ideas that were started by the Call to Action organization in the 1970s.
Turning to Covington Bp. Roger Foys, he too publicly condemned his teenage parishioner, Nick Sandmann.
The Cincinnati ABC affiliate reported Bp. Foys' rush to judgment.
"In a letter written by Bp. Roger Foyes sent to Cov Cath [Covington Catholic High School] parents," the television station stated "he [Foyes] wrote that the diocese should not have allowed themselves to be 'bullied and pressured into making a statement prematurely' and that they as the diocese 'take full responsibility for it.'"
Foys later apologized privately to Sandmann and to Covington Catholic students who participated in the 2019 March for Life, but the public damage had been done.
Before being appointed bishop of Owensboro, William Medley was personnel director for the archdiocese of Louisville.
In that role, he facilitated the transfer of at least one priest credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor to a parish where there were expected to be fewer children.
These are the Democrat bishops influencing nearly 400,000 Catholics in Kentucky.