Promoting ‘Virtual’ Heresy

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by David Nussman  •  •  July 14, 2020   

Trouble in Kansas City, Missouri

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A diocese is claiming it made a mistake after encouraging Catholics to watch non-Catholic religious services.

A now-deleted web-page for the diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph listed options for non-Catholic places of worship that livestream their religious services.

It invited Catholics to participate virtually in other religions' services "to grow in mutual respect and understanding."

The list included a Jewish synagogue and a handful of Protestant communities, as well as Unity Village, an organization that teaches positive thinking to live a better life and even heal illnesses — reminiscent of the New Age movement.

Faithful Catholics pushed back on social media, and in the wake of the online clamor, the diocese pulled down the information.

Michael Hichborn of Catholic watchdog group the Lepanto Institute slammed the posting, telling Church Militant on Monday, "All throughout the Scriptures, God routinely compares false worship with adultery."

It appears Fr. Kenneth Riley, the vicar general of the diocese, was responsible for the list of non-Catholic worship services.

According to screenshots from Catholic publication Regina Magazine, the diocese blamed an internal mix-up — calling it a clerical error where the wrong document got posted.

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