The Bishop and the Millstone: Thomas Olmsted's Anti-Gay Hypocrisy and His Betrayal of Hispanic Children.


Olmsted denounces gay marriage, while ignoring the mass deportation of undocumented mothers and fathers.

Know what Jesus had to say about homosexuality? Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. It apparently was of no concern to him. Of course, he was always hanging out with this group of 12 righteous dudes, and he never married, according to scripture. Not that I mean to imply anything. Just that Jesus apparently preferred the company of men. At least most of the time.

But when it came to the subjects of children and hypocrites, he had a lot to say. Of children, in Mark 9:42, Jesus told his disciples,

"And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea."

On the subject of hypocrites, lets just say there was no love lost between the Man from Galilee and these loathsome creatures, whom he compared to "whited sepulchers...full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness" (Matthew 23:27).

This Bible school teachin' came back to me as I watched the above video of Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted encouraging his parishioners to vote for Prop 102, Arizona's constitutional gay marriage ban, which indeed passed this November 4, 55.37 to 44.63 percent.

Why folks give a fig whether or not two individuals of the same sex want to form a civil union of some sort is beyond me. Even if you're a complete, raging homophobe, it doesn't hurt you a bit if Dave and Gary next door wear wedding rings and have boring sex lives just like every other married couple. Sure, sure, if you're Catholic or Mormon or whatever, your religion objects to such unions, but they're not going to be performing them any time soon in your temples or churches, so what's the worry?

Still, here is Bishop Olmsted, in a video that was played in every local Catholic church during masses in September, telling folks that, "Catholic teaching touches on all aspects of life," providing "inspiration and guidance" at home, work, school, and even the voting booth.

Olmsted referred to the "unjust scenarios" that occurred in California when gays were allowed to marry after a state Supreme Court ruling in May. Olmsted again referred to this ruling as an "injustice," a mighty powerful word coming from a prelate whose Church for so long turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse of children taking place at the hands of some of its priests. In any case, California's own anti-gay-marriage Prop 8 has made such concerns about same-sex wedded bliss in the Golden State unnecessary for now.

In urging Catholics to vote yes on Prop 102, Olmsted invoked the sanctity of the family, quoting Pope Benedict as saying, "Whoever, even unknowingly circumvents the institution of the family undermines peace in the entire community -- national and international."

It's Olmsted's contention that gays getting hitched weakens the institution of marriage, and thus the traditional familial unit. Now, I think that's a colossal load of horse hooey, but even if you buy Olmsted's premise that gay marriage is for some reason going to upset your heterosexual apple cart, and that he and the Catholic church are most concerned with the preservation of families, then why is this Bishop so quiet when it comes to Sheriff Joe Arpaio's roundups of undocumented residents?

As I discussed in a previous Bird column, Olmsted has chickened out when it comes to sticking up for the Catholic undocumented in his flock, avoiding direct criticism of local officials who are terrorizing so many of his parishioners, or federal ICE officials in Arizona such as Matthew Allen, who enable the hunting of Hispanics, the breakup of families, and the imprisonment and deportation of human beings at an alarming rate. A recent ICE press release announced that in the last year the agency has deported almost 73,000 immigrants from Arizona alone.

So where's Bishop Olmsted decrying this violence against his flock? Maybe he's been too busy blasting gay marriage to pay much heed to the far more egregious "injustice" in his backyard.

True, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on ICE to end its work site raids nationally, and Olmsted is a Bishop, but that hardly seems enough considering the viciousness of the attacks on Hispanics in this state. Olmsted has also signed pastoral letters and penned notes to newspaper editors, but he has never gone as far as to call on local and federal authorities to cease their sweeps and raids. Considering that Arizona is ground zero in our ongoing immigration strife, Olmsted's lack of outrage is damning, his hypocrisy obvious.

Does Olmsted care about the children who no longer have mothers or fathers because of these raids and sweeps? If so, why does he not vigorously demand that the deportations end, and that Arpaio and other law enforcement agencies stop their systematic attacks on Hispanic families?

Perhaps Olmsted should recall the stuff his savior had to say about hypocrites and those who "offend these little ones." That Biblical millstone sounds awfully heavy. And it's straight out of the good book Olmsted's preaching from, after all.


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AFMoss32
AFMoss32

Genecua 1 month agoI, Ron Leroux, of the Town of Norway, Maine (United States of America), solemnly swear that: 1. I currently live in Norway, Maine with my family. Prior to my moving to Maine, U.S.A. on or about February, 1994, I lived in Summerstown, Ontario, Canada for approximately twenty-six (26) years. 2. I presently work as a contractor in the construction industry and as a contractor in the painting industry. 3. I am currently (49) forty-nine years old and my date of birth is January 23, 1947. I was born in Cornwall, Ontario. My parents are the Late Osborne Leroux and Mrs. Zilda Rose Leroux. 4. I lived in a house on the St. Lawrence River one door away from Mr. Ken Seguin house. I was very good friends with Mr. Ken Seguin. We often went for coffee together, he would come to my place as I would go to his. We also often went for meals together and my wife would frequently make him supper. 5. Being a close neighbour and very good friend of Ken Seguin, I knew a lot about what was going on in his life. I attended his house daily. I also did lots of work at St. Andrews Parish House and some work at Malcolm Cameron’s summer residence. 6. I was at several parties at Ken Seguin’s house, Malcolm Cameron’s summer residence and St. Andrew’s Parish House where I observed among others: 1. Bishop Eugene LaRocque 2. Malcolm MacDonald 3. Ken Seguin 4. Chief Claude Shaver 5. Murray MacDonald 6. Milton MacDonald 7. Ron Wilson 8. Father Gary Ostler 9. Father Kevin Maloney 10. Father David Ostler  Bishop Olmsted is hidding Ostler in Sun City West Az.11. Father Rory MacDonald 12. Gerry Renshaw 13. Father Charles MacDonald 14. Mark Menard 15. David Silmser 16. XXXX [C-5] 17. David Latraielle 18. Gino 19. Daniel Flipson 20. Sylvain Flipson 21. Stuart McDonald 22. Harvey Berry, Jr. 23. Robert Renshaw 24. Fred Renshaw 25. Bob Varley 26. Travis Varley 27. Dale Crowder 28. XXXXX [C-8] 29. Stuart McDonald 30. Al Laplante 31. Fern Touchette 32. Kara Berry 33. Joss Van Deepen 34. Male prostitutes both adults and juveniles, altar boys and several others

Pauline, David Ostler resume,
Pauline, David Ostler resume,

7. I can advise and have witnessed a "clan" of pedophiles which were comprised of the following people: Bishop Eugene Larocque; Father Charles MacDonald; Father Donald B. McDougald; Father Bernard Cameron; Father Kevin Maloney; Father Gary Ostler; Father David Ostler now appearing at Prince of Peace in Sun City West AZ; Father Ranald (Rory) MacDonald; Claude Shaver (ex-Chief of Police of Cornwall); Mr. Ken Seguin; Late Msgr. R.J. MacDonald; Late John McPhail; Late John Donihee; Late Norman Loney; and Malcolm MacDonald, Q.C. 8. I have witnessed sexual improprieties, molestations, fondling, oral sex, intercourse (anal) between the above-named "clan " members and minors through the period of 1957 or 1958 to 1993. These sexual improprieties with minors (male) occurred at Cameron’s Point, Summerstown, Ontario; Birch Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.; Saltaire Motel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A. Lot 17, Concession 1, R.R.#1, Cornwall, Ontario; Malcolm MacDonald summer residence, Stanley Island, Ontario; Malcolm Cameron’s Law Office, Pitt Street, Cornwall, Ontario and St. Andrews Parish House. 

Pauline45
Pauline45

Bishop you have two violation on your list to expose pervert priests. Fr. Schultz (on the snap list) who you assigned to Luke Air Force Base for six months and he was removed when you found out he was a pervert from California. The David Ostler lad who abused 12-14 yr. olds in his home town of Cornwall,Ont.ca.

Pauline45
Pauline45

UPDATED: Priest pleads guilty to sexually assaulting 17 victims[Translate]The Windsor Star   June 8, 2011 8:21 PM    File photo of Rev. William Hodgson Marshall in Windsor, Ont. on Feb. 23, 1985. The retired Basilian priest will plead guilty in a Windsor courtroom in June 2011 to molesting 15 boys and one girl in Ontario communities where he served dating back to the 1950s.Photograph by: The Windsor Star files, The Windsor StarWINDSOR, Ont. — A man who was molested by Rev. William Hodgson Marshall at a Catholic high school in Sudbury in 1969 had to be ushered from a Windsor courtroom Wednesday by police officers after trying to punch the aged priest.UPDATED: Priest pleads guilty to sexually assaulting 17 victims[Translate]The Windsor Star   June 8, 2011 8:21 PM    File photo of Rev. William Hodgson Marshall in Windsor, Ont. on Feb. 23, 1985. The retired Basilian priest will plead guilty in a Windsor courtroom in June 2011 to molesting 15 boys and one girl in Ontario communities where he served dating back to the 1950s.Photograph by: The Windsor Star files, The Windsor StarWINDSOR, Ont. — A man who was molested by Rev. William Hodgson Marshall at a Catholic high school in Sudbury in 1969 had to be ushered from a Windsor courtroom Wednesday by police officers after trying to punch the aged priest.A friend of the Ostler brothers, one is in Sun City West,Az.

pauline
pauline

Makes us Sunday going to Church folks wonder why Mrs. Olmsted did not hace an abortion?

Reasonable_Opinion
Reasonable_Opinion

Never before has there been such a holy, courageous and intelligent leader of the Catholic flock in Phoenix. God bless Bishop Olmsted!!! Most of the opinions critical of Bishop can be summed up in three words: "Me! Me! Me!"

St_clare
St_clare

Bishop has asked the Alter staff at both churches in Sun City West to bow your heads when crossing in front of the Alter and do not bend over because it excite Ostler thinks back to the days when he and brother Gary had there pick of the 14 year old alter boys.

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