An open letter to Fr. Clifford, SJ, Pastor of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church (Washington DC)
Dear Fr. Clifford:
It has come to my attention that Bishop Gumbleton will be conducting a one day retreat on March 3rd at your parish.
I am calling upon you to disinvite him (and Pax Christi) from holding a retreat at a Catholic facility. Bishop Gumbleton (and it even makes me wince to use the word "bishop" with him) is well known for his opposition to church teachings in the area of homosexuality and the ordination of women. Our Church is under attack from all sides, and we do not need to "invite the fox into the henhouse."
In addition, was this cleared with the Archdiocese of Washington? It is my understanding that Bishop Gumbleton has not informed the Archdiocese of his intent to visit. Maybe he and Pax Christi were hoping to pull a fast one, like he attempted to do to Bishop Morlino.
It is time to stand up for the faith and tell those who wish to destroy true marriage and the Sacrament of Holy Orders that they are not welcome in the Catholic Church.
PS: I stopped in your Church a couple of months ago and just happened to walk in during the announcements. It is always interesting to hear a parishoner asking for food and supplies for the Occupy DC slackers from the altar.