Phoenix diocese on the ball

Phoenix diocese on the ball

The Diocese of Phoenix is trying to ensure that heterodoxy is not spread via Catholic venues and it’s not business as usual.

Maybe St. Blog’s should give out an annual “Keeping the Wolves at Bay” award to bishops who most vigorously take up their vocations as shepherds.

Call to Action and other heterodox groups are sponsoring a series of talks by Edwina Gateley, a Catholic feminist author who apparently espouses some questionable views, at non-Catholic churches after Gateley cancelled her appearance at a Catholic retreat center. She was due to address a retreat for religious sisters at the Franciscan Renewal Center, but balked when the diocese said it wanted to tape her talks for later review. This was not a ban.

Gateley had been contracted to lead an eight-day retreat June 1-8 at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Paradise Valley.

About 30 nuns had registered by March 20, but Gateley, who speaks of “God Mother” and the “feminine dimension of God,” balked at going forward with it after the diocese informed the center’s staff that her remarks would need to be taped for review because she had a reputation of “not always being in accord with the church in a lot of different teachings.”


“We never tried to keep her from speaking in the first place,” said diocese spokesman Jim Dwyer. “We didn’t bar her. We said we wanted to tape her conversation.”

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