Rot in the Fresno diocese

Rot in the Fresno diocese

Last month, we heard the story of Fr. Lastiri, a priest of the Diocese of Fresno, California, who was removed from his parish and sent to the notorious St. Luke’s Institute for “treatment” after it was revealed that he had been cruising for gay sex online. His bishop, JohnSteinbock, had defended Lastiri against accusations of heterodoxy and cruising so vigorously that he even accused his accusers of the sin of detraction. But when the evidence was not only presented to him, but published in the local paper, he had no choice but to act.

Now, the Los Angeles Lay Catholic Mission newspaper gives us the rest of the story. It reveals the story of Fr. Joe Baca, an orthodox priest who had been assigned to Lastiri’s parish and who was treated terribly for daring to stand up for the Church’s teachings, eventually being forced to leave under apparently trumped-up charges.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli
4 comments
  • Regarding the incensed parishioner, a more precise definition of the word “Catholic” is “from the whole” or “one-in-many”. 

    It is a mark of unity, not an invitation to self-worship.

  • The Scandal is not history so long as the same bishops sit in the same cathedras perpetuating the same dissent and heterodoxy and immorality.

    Dittos. Somebody please remind me: who appointed Bp. Steinbock? Who allows him and his ilk to sit in the same cathedras?

  • “Got any extra copies of those CCCs for the bishop?”

    Yah, to hit him over the head with!  If these were the good old days that rat of a bishop would be headed out of town on a rail.

  • I have to agree with Rod on this one.  Who did appoint Bp Steinbock and who allows him to remain?  I think there is an old saying about fiddling while Rome burns?  There is also a saying my good old Southern Baptist Grandfather taught me, “The fish rots from the head.”

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