Sep 16, 2020
Priest compares Black Lives Matter ‘terrorists’ to 9/11 attackers during homily that prompted Catholic church’s apology
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A PRIEST compared Black Lives Matter "terrorists" to 9/11 attackers during a homily, prompted the Catholic church's apology.
Rev. Paul Graney's comments came during a homily for a service at Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn in Michigan on Saturday.7Rev. Paul Graney compared Black Lives Matter demonstrations to 9/11 attackers during a serviceCredit: Facebook 7Black Lives Matter demonstrators marching through New York City on September 14, 2020Credit: Getty Images - Getty 7Black Lives Matter protesters march through NYC on September 13, 2020. Demonstrations have continued through the US for months, following the death of George FloydCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Graney compared demonstrations across the United States to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
During a livestream on Facebook, Graney said Al-Queda wanted to come to the US "and kill Americans" and wipe the country "off the map," the Associated Press reported.
“And they would have done it if they could,” Graney said.
He then compared demonstrators in the US of having the same goal.
“But today, those who we see wanting to bring down America are Americans, and they want to do it under the facade of justice, freedom and love,” Graney claimed.7Graney claimed: 'those who we see wanting to bring down America are Americans, and they want to do it under the facade of justice, freedom and love'Credit: Facebook 7Graney's homily has prompted an apology from the churchCredit: Facebook
“But it is all a big bunch of baloney. It’s anti-Christian. It’s anti-family. It’s evil," he added.
He also slammed Antifa as an "anarchist, terrorist organization, the New York Post reported.
He claimed Black Lives Matter goes against traditional "family structure" in supporting LGBTQ rights, as he claimed "God did not design" humans to "behave homosexual."
“Humanity is built on the foundation of heterosexual love between a man and a woman,” Graney preached.
“Now the terrorists attacking us have the endgame of a society with no law, no structure, no government — even no family structure,” he added.
The video was pulled from Facebook after 90 minutes, the New York Post reported.
Rev. Bob McCabe of Divine Child issued an apology after, saying his fellow priest did not share the message of the day's Gospel.7Protesters gather in Times Square on September 14, 2020Credit: Getty Images - Getty 7Demonstrators are seen marching through the streets of Midtown Manhattan on September 14, 2020Credit: Getty Images - Getty
“As your pastor, I want to assure you that at Divine Child we love and respect all persons," McCabe said, as reported by the AP.
"Every person is sacred in the eyes of God regardless of their race, religion or sexuality,” he added.
Graney's sermon came on the heels of the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.Most read in NewsKILLED IN LINE OF DUTYShock moment cop is SHOT DEAD & 2nd officer hurt in traffic stopDEADLY SPREEBrute 'shot man execution-style in front of pregnant wife & killed 2 others''IT'S MY FAULT'Pot smoking dad accidentally suffocates his four month old son in bedHELLISH DESTRUCTIONShock pics show historic Jesus statue DECAPITATED on church altarCRANE HORRORTwo cranes ‘crash into each other & COLLAPSE leaving 22 hurt & worker trapped'BABY 'MURDER'Girl dies of 'catastrophic' injuries suffered at 2 days old as parents held
Tributes were paid on Friday, in memory of those that died in the attacks and those that continue to suffer residual effects.
The priests' comments also came amid nearly four months of Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the US, following the death of George Floyd.
Although some demonstrations have escalated, protests have remain largely peaceful.
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Meet Bishop John Stowe, the Kentucky Catholic and blistering Trump critic who called the president ‘anti-life’
If President Donald Trump succeeds in ramming a far-right U.S. Supreme Court nominee through the U.S. Senate before Election Day — and it appears that he has enough Republican votes in the Senate to do exactly that — he will be offering a giant dose of red meat to his white evangelical anti-abortion Christian right base. But it’s important to remember that Trump is by no means universally loved among Christians, and in Kentucky — where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking reelection — one of Trump’s vocal critics has been Bishop John Stowe of the Diocese of Lexington.
Stowe is against abortion, but as he sees it, being “pro-life” goes way beyond that issue. And on many issues, the Catholic bishop has stressed, Trump demonstrates that he doesn’t value human life.
During a live video chat with the International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs in late July, Stowe argued, “For this president to call himself pro-life — and for anybody to back him because of claims of being pro-life — is almost willful ignorance. He is so much anti-life because he is only concerned about himself, and he gives us every, every, every indication of that.”
“Pope Francis has given us a great definition of what pro-life means,” Stowe said during that International Catholic Movement discussion. “He basically tells us we can’t claim to be pro-life if we support the separation of children from their parents at the U.S. border, if we support exposing people at the border to COVID-19 because of the facilities that they’re in, if we support denying people who have need (of) adequate health care access to health care. If we keep people from getting the housing or the education that they need, we cannot call ourselves pro-life.”
When discussing the abortion issue, Stowe sounds somewhat like former Vice President Joe Biden — a Catholic whose record could be described as pro-choice but anti-abortion. Biden opposes overturning Roe v. Wade, but he has said that he views being “pro-life” as much more than being opposed to abortion.
Stowe was also highly critical of Trump in an op-ed he wrote for the Lexington Herald Ledger in January 2019, saying, “While the (Catholic) Church’s opposition to abortion has been steadfast, it has become a stand-alone issue for many and has become disconnected to other issues of human dignity.”
Stowe emphasized in that op-ed that Trump’s opposition to abortion isn’t good enough — the president also needs to tackle issues like “racism” and poverty.
“We cannot uncritically ally ourselves with someone with whom we share the policy goal of ending abortion,” Stowe declared.