Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
—Ezekiel 22:26 (KJV)
A story from WGN (see here) announces that Fr. Paul Kalchik, the priest who burned the LGBT rainbow flag that had hung in his church, has been removed by Cardinal Kupich “to receive pastoral support.” I’m not sure what “pastoral support” might mean; I hope it won’t hearken back to Medieval times when racks and other instruments of physical persuasion were used to insure proper belief.
I wonder what I would do were I a member of Fr. Kalchik’s parish or in the Archdiocese of Chicago. One thing I would do for sure, would be to withhold financial support. Or perhaps I might see about switching to a Byzantine Rite or Ordinariate parish (although such a transfer I’m told is not usually permitted—you stay with the rite in which you were baptized). Or ????
I wonder about schisms. How do they come about? At the highest level or from common folk? There was the “Great Schism” between Eastern (Orthodox) and Western (Roman Catholic) Churches back in 1054. And, presumably, any time one disregards his/her bishop, one is in schism:
Formerly a man was rightly considered a schismatic when he disregarded the authority of his own bishop; hence the words of St. Jerome quoted above. Before him St. Cyprian had said: “It must be understood that the bishop is in the Church and the Church in the bishop and he is not in the Church who is not with the bishop” (Epist., lxvi, 8)
—Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent.
I hope there will be some comments that will enlighten and not abuse.