ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Vatican announced Monday that Bp. Robert Lynch of the diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida will be replaced. Bishop Lynch, who recetnly turned the retiring age of 75, will be replaced by Bp. Gregory Parkes from a nearby Florida diocese.
Bishop Lynch's reign has not only been sympathetic to homosexual rhetoric, but unsympathetic toward Tradition.
Bishop Lynch displaced a Latin Mass church in Sarasota, with reports stating there were "over 3,800 registered families, six Sunday Masses, and a parish school."
Despite the fact that the Orlando killer admitted he was motivated by Islam, Lynch said, "While deranged people do senseless things, all of us observe, judge and act from some kind of religious background. Singling out people for victimization because of their religion, their sexual orientation, their nationality must be offensive to God's ears."
In a rare instance of public fraternal correction Abp. Thomas Wenski of Miami rebuked Bp. Lynch for his pro-LGBT comments distorting Catholic Church teaching. Archbishop Wenski mentioned Lynch's recent comments at a pro-life rally, then added, "Where in our faith, where in our teachings — I ask you — do we target and breed contempt for any group of people?"
Bishop Lynch has been involved in homosexual scandals, once paying a former employee $100,000 in a settlement after the employee accused him of sexual advances. Bishop Lynch was also accused of illegally granting $30 million worth of diocesan business contracts to a young, muscular athlete with whom Lynch was close.
Replacing Bp. Lynch is Bp. Gregory Parkes of the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese. Bishop Parkes has been critical of homosexuality; following the Supreme Court's 2015 gay marriage ruling, Bp. Parkes said, "Just because something is law doesn't mean that we have [to] adhere to it, if it violates our conscience, or our religious beliefs or teachings."
The 52-year-old Parkes has a blood brother who is also a priest in the diocese of Orlando. Bishop Parkes earned his degree in Canon Law and Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. As bishop in Pensacola-Tallahassee, he began an annual Corpus Christi procession, and for his coat of arms he has chosen the motto "To Your Name Give the Glory."