Hammering heretics in San Bernardino
The Diocese of San Bernardino today will hold what experts say could be one of the few Roman Catholic heresy trials in U.S. history.For full story, go HERE.
The priest on trial refuses to attend the hearing, which he calls "medieval and totally un-Christian."
"It's like the Inquisition has returned," said the Rev. Ned Reidy, of Bermuda Dunes, who also is charged with schism.
Rev. Ned Reidy is a former Holy Cross priest. After working in the Diocese of San Bernardino for a number of years, he left the Catholic Church and his order to become a part of a schismatic group called the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC). ECC rejects the authority of the Roman Pontiff and denies other clearly defined doctrines of the Church.
Instead of putting the Reverend Ned on trial for heresy, the Church should give him an award! At least he had the honesty to admit that he does not believe what the Catholic Church teaches. The Diocese of San Bernardino ought to send him a letter of thanks for finally leaving the Church and for ceasing to masquerade as a Catholic priest.
If the Church is going to start hunting down heretics, why not start with those individuals who stay in the Church while advocating similar heterodox notions? Rather than shower such individuals with ecclesiastical honors or allow them to spread their noxious ideas by way of diocesan newspapers (e.g., this one), the Church should demand that they either recant their heretical positions or suffer the appropriate ecclesiastical penalties.
Will this happen? Let's just say you can put your hammers away. The enemy is within and in high places. "The smoke of Satan ..."