Photo: DEACON ERIC STOLTZ AND CARDINAL MAHONY
Mahony ordained Mr. Stoltz to the diaconate in 2004
In Cardinal Mahony's L.A., priesthood ordinations are way down. Only 5 priests
were ordained this year and future vocations projections
hold very little promise of improvement as long as the man at the top in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is Roger M. Mahony.
The ordination of married permanent deacons, by contrast, is way up in Roger's realm. On June 11 of this year, Mahony ordained 11 men to the permanent diaconate
. All 11 of the new deacons are married and, one would assume, heterosexual. Last year
, yet another group of 11 married, presumably "straight" men, were ordained deacons by Mahony, plus one other man whose sexual orientation is in no wise in doubt. His name is Eric Stoltz. Stoltz has an impressive looking resume and currently works as an apparently successful web developer. Deacon Stoltz is also an avowed homosexual.
Mr. Stoltz, a self-described "gay urbanite," sees himself as ...
"... one of that despised class widely assumed to be irreligious and hedonistic and an imminent threat to everything that is good and holy in our society."
" ... we [gays] are supposedly to blame for the breakdown of the family, yet I know of no gay people that have abortions, abuse children, get divorced, neglect the ethical and religious education of children; heterosexuals do all these things, but blame homosexuals for the results ..."
Stoltz is a professional writer and published author who obsessively weaves into his essays and homilies the usual "gay" themes: discrimination against "gays" by "straights" and by the Church; special privileges for "gay" couples; and, of course, AIDS.
Not surprisingly, Deacon Stoltz is a big fan of both Cardinal Mahony
and Father Peter Liuzzi
, O. Carm. (former director of Mahony's "ministry to Lesbian and Gay Catholics" and currently pastor of St. Agnes Church and School
in Phoenix). He wrote about both (without explicit mention of their names) in a piece that was published in the "gay" friendly Jesuit weekly, America
"I recall the words of a priest in charge of gay and lesbian ministry for the archdiocese who encountered the protests of a deacon who complained about gay people "flaunting" their orientation; why couldn't they just keep all that to themselves? (Don't ask, Don't tell.) "And what about that ring on your finger and the picture of your wife on your desk?" he asked the startled deacon. "Are you not flaunting your heterosexuality?"
Regarding the advancement of militant homosexuality in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles:
"And what have I seen in the Church since I returned? I've seen wonders that you can never imagine. I've seen my friends received into the Church with their lovers as sponsors. I've seen bishops welcome the gay and lesbian community by name. I've seen gay couples bring up the gifts at the offertory procession. I've seen the funerals of friends who accepted death from AIDS with joy as new members of Christ’s Mystical Body."
And about the most influential champion of "gay" militancy among Catholics in L.A., Cardinal Roger M. Mahony:
"I have seen the archbishop of Los Angeles process into a church (for the record, not my parish) preceded by six gay pride flags (and I wept)."
Later in the same article, Mr. Stoltz talks about ..."... the publicly orthodox Western bishop who says privately that the Catholic Church will recognize gay unions within the next 20 years."
"... the pastor who counsels parishioners on how to develop a positive gay relationship."
"... the bishops who dine regularly with gay couples."
"... the pastors who give the blessing of the meal at all-gay dinner parties."
And then by way of conclusion, he writes:
" ... Vatican bureaucrats and self-proclaimed defenders of orthodoxy may take offense at my experiences, but I know that I have been witness to wonders and marvels that will forever affect the nature of the Mystical Body, for we, too, gay men as we are, are also members of that body. And mind by mind, soul by soul, heart by heart, we are building a consensus fidelium that will one day set us free ..."
"Have you noticed that I named no names in this article? What does that say for a Church that proclaims that "you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free?" On the day that I can name names in this article, pastors, people and parishes, we will all be truly free. Until then, we will continue to struggle ... "
For more jeremiads by Cardinal Mahony's "gay" deacon, Eric Stoltz, go HERE
. Go also to the webpage for St. Brendan's Church
in L.A. where Stotlz serves as deacon.