Canadian bishop reprimands priest over political endorsement

Canadian bishop reprimands priest over political endorsement

A Canadian bishop has taken action against a priest who gave public support to a pro-abortion politician. Bishop Stephen Chmilar, Ukrainian Catholic Bishop of Toronto and Eastern Canada, has publicly reprimanded Fr. Terry Lozynsky, who not only let the Liberal Party hold a meeting in his parish but formally seconded the nomination of Michael Ignatieff, who is pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage, for the local parliamentary seat.

Bishop Chmilar’s office sent out a press release clearly stating the reasons Lozynsky was reprimanded:

The release notes that “Fr. Terry was called into our office to explain his actions and we pointed out to him that based on Canon Law, at no time is any of our clergy to be part of, or deemed to be associated with, any political party except in the judgement of the Eparchial Bishop, if a particular law so states the need to protect the rights of the church or to promote the common good requires it.”

Moreover, the Bishop Chmilar writes: “It was also acknowledged that by promoting Mr. Ignatieff, that indirectly he was promoting the political stance on abortion and gay rights legislation that the candidate has.”

Naivete, gullibility, or …

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Domenico Bettinelli