His Excellency Bishop Thomas Olmsted
Dom over at bettnet.com cites an interesting piece from the Arizona Republic about how the new bishop of Phoenix is cleaning house, so to speak.
The Arizona Republic
"Five of the nine Catholic priests who signed the pro-gay Phoenix Declaration no longer are on active duty in the Phoenix Diocese.
"Three of those who have left active duty say they were forced out by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. One other is seriously ill, and the fifth resigned on his own, in part because of philosophical differences with the bishop. They all signed a 2003 declaration endorsing civil rights for gays and lesbians that was endorsed by clergy members from several Christian denominations.
"The ousted men are among at least 11 Catholic priests who have left active ministry since Olmsted became bishop in late 2003. Their departures further exacerbate a shortage of priests in the diocese, which has several parish vacancies.
" ... But some church insiders believe the recent ousters are an indication that Olmsted is cracking down on liberal-minded priests, and possibly all of the Phoenix Declaration signers. Olmsted is known for his orthodox ways. He has put a stop to what he considers liturgical violations, has brought back Mass in Latin and has written three articles about church teachings against homosexuality.
"I believe he wants to purify the church," said the Rev. Ken Van de Ven, a declaration signer who was forced to resign as pastor of Glendale's St. James in March.
He said he believes the bishop is looking into the backgrounds of all liberal priests. "The diocese simply wants to get rid of us."
Umm. I wonder if when Roger's Reign of Error is over the good bishop of Phoenix might be sent out west to do some more sacerdotal ass kicking.
I have a dream.