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A lay-run watchdog group is calling out a heterodox organization — challenging it to prove its faithfulness to Church teaching. Church Militant's Hunter Bradford tells us how this group of leftists is going on the offensive.
The Lepanto Institute is giving the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, the AUSCP, a chance to clarify it does not support woman "priests."
The institute submitted 18 questions on Wednesday, asking the AUSCP to prove it aligns with Church teaching.
The controversy stems from a claim the AUSCP made on Feb. 9, calling itself "an organization in good standing with the Catholic Church," adding it "has the support and membership of several bishops."
But the AUSPC's claims that it never officially endorsed women's ordination are misleading.
Michael Hichborn, president, Lepanto Institute: "The AUSCP is actually, in its words, in its actions, supporting women's ordination, even if they have not particularly used the phrase 'we support women's ordinations.' Their actions speak for themselves."
Lepanto's response notes many instances throughout the last few years where the AUSCP has openly pushed for women's ordination.
Hichborn: "When it comes to Catholic teaching, no means no. So if the Vatican, if the pope, if the council says 'this case is closed,' this is not an option."
Toledo's bishop, Daniel Thomas, however, condemned the AUSCP in 2020. He called it "a source of grave concern due to the confusion and scandal that they have caused." But many bishops don't seem interested in protecting Church teaching.
The AUSCP's letter hinted at a lawsuit for "slander and defamation." The group has not yet responded to Lepanto's questions.