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In Dearborn, Michigan recently, a church leader didn’t mince words — ones of criticism, that is, toward Black Lives Matter and its strange partner in protest, Antifa.

On Saturday, Fr. Paul Graney — an associate priest of the Church of the Divine Child — offered up a short commentary after the reading of scripture.

Fr. Paul dug deep — into BLM and everyone’s favorite ironically-named organization.

Here’s his hard-hitting homily — from September 12th:

“People have been out in our streets doing incredibly violent things in the name of justice. Cars have been torched, property has been destroyed, businesses looted and burned, and police officers and other people have been intimidated, assaulted, and even murdered all in the name of justice, oftentimes the rallying cry being ‘No justice, no peace.’”

In commemoration of 9/11, the priest drew quite the comparison:

“And back then, in 2001, al-Qaeda came with the goal to destroy America, little by little, with acts of terror. Not all at one time, they weren’t sending a great army. But in 2020, many of our own people are now out there in the streets wanting to remake America into something else by destroying what it is today. Little by little. There’s no great army, but it’s riot by riot, really.”

The minister wasn’t done. He spoke of assault on the country’s foundation and of civil war:

“Al-Qaeda was an Islamic terrorist organization that hated Christianity and what it stood for. America, being founded largely upon the values of Christianity, was therefore the big dog in the yard that al-Qaeda wanted to take down. Today in this day and age, it is groups from within our own borders, our own citizens, have now put America in their crosshairs on a scale that we may have never seen before, maybe not since the Civil War.”

As noted by The Daily Wire, Paul called out Antifa by name, labeling it an “anarchist terrorist organization,” an “extreme left-wing group against capitalism, law enforcement, and any sort of government hierarchy or organization.”

As for BLM, he pointed out the official organization takes an anti-Catholic, anti-traditional-family position:

“The organization also says this: ‘We foster a queer affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.’ As Catholics, we do not view the practice of homosexuality as healthy for human beings. In fact, it is sinful.”

Not everyone appreciated the sermon. After the church removed online video of it, Dearborn resident Mary Kay Kubicek posted the same to Facebook, whereupon she offered the following:

“Today’s mass at Divine Child here in Dearborn featured a priest going on a 12 minute evangelical-style rant against BLM and how liberals want to destroy the country. Edit: The speaker in this video is an associate pastor at Divine Child. The pastor at Divine Child sent out a letter that indicated his disappointment in this and his support, if not specifically for BLM, at least for the need to confront injustice and ‘protect the lives of persons of color.’ By all accounts, and I’ve received many in the last 48 hours since posting this, the pastor at Divine Child does not share the beliefs expressed in this video. The Archdiocese should [absolutely] discipline this associate pastor but I doubt they will. The saddest part that remains is how many self-proclaimed Catholics have jumped in on this post to agree with the horrific views expressed in this video. If you disagree with your pope and your pastor, maybe you need to take a look at yourself.”

As of this writing, Mary’s profile photo consists of a slightly altered version of the image below:

As relayed by The Detroit News, Rev. Bob McCabe — Church of the Divine Child’s pastor — posted an apology to Facebook:

“I am so sorry that a homily given by Fr. Paul Graney at the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday has brought forth division, anger, confusion and chaos. I first spoke with a couple individuals shortly after his homily. I could sense their anger and their hurt.”

“Division, anger, confusion, and chaos” — that sounds familiar.

And I fear a great deal more of it is in store.

-ALEX

 

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