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WESTMINSTER, U.K., June 22, (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-abortion and pro-LGBT priest appointed to a prominent position in a London seminary by Cardinal Vincent Nichols will not be taking up his role after numerous reports of complaints by concerned Catholics.
Father Philip Dyer-Perry of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in the Diocese of Westminster had been appointed by Cardinal Nichols as the pastoral director of Allen Hall seminary, which is based in the diocese. He was due to take up his position later this fall, but will no longer do so.
In a statement emailed to LifeSiteNews, the Diocese of Westminster wrote:
Fr. Philip Dyer-Perry has given further thought to his appointment as Pastoral Director at Allen Hall Seminary and his prayerful discernment has led him to ask the Cardinal for permission to withdraw. This request has been granted. The Cardinal thanks Fr. Philip for this searching discernment and for his continuing reflection. Fr. Philip will continue his ministry as Parish Priest at Staines.
His appointment was reported last week by Church Militant, which reported that sources in Westminster informed them that there has been “an unprecedented number of complaints” made about Dyer-Perry’s appointment due to his position on moral issues such as abortion and homosexuality.
U.K. commentator and blogger Mark Lambert reported that his Westminster sources mentioned to him that the (then proposed) appointment was “wrong in every way.”
“Fr. Dyer-Perry seems to be one of those priests who is trying to be ‘hip,’” wrote Lambert. “He is prepared to manipulate, ignore and twist doctrine in order to present it as what he considers to be more palatable to modern ears.”
Damian Thompson, associate editor of The Spectator, described the news of Fr. Dyer-Perry’s original appointment to Allen Hall as “scandalous.”
While the news of Fr. Dyer-Perry’s views on morality seems to have prevented him away taking up the role of pastoral director at Allen Hall, Cardinal Nichols appears to believe that Dyer-Perry has a sufficient grasp of the faith and issues of doctrine to continue in his role as parish priest.
Meanwhile, Dyer-Perry also continues to serve on the Board of Governors of Allen Hall seminary. A media spokesperson for the Diocese of Westminster commented that his position there would be “reviewed in due course.”
Pro-abortion, pro-LGBT priest refers to God as ‘she’
Fr. Dyer-Perry was previously described by John Smeaton, executive director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), as having a “revolutionary” position on abortion. Writing for Voice of the Family, Smeaton stated, “I cannot recall anyone purporting to speak on behalf of the Catholic Church in England and Wales expressing a position on abortion which so clearly opposes the Fifth commandment and which does so in the form of the most commonly used and discredited arguments of the pro-abortion lobby.”
Given Dyer-Perry’s support for abortion, Smeaton described his then-appointment to Allen Hall as “a grave threat to the future of the pro-life struggle in Britain, and its resistance to barbaric anti-life laws, since he will be forming the Catholic priests who form the Catholic people from whose ranks the vast majority of the pro-life movement is made up.”
Smeaton’s comments were made in reference to Dyer-Perry’s reaction to Poland’s 2020 ruling that widely banned abortion as being mostly illegal under the country’s constitution. According to a message to Polish parishioners in the parish newsletter reproduced on Independent Catholic News, Dyer-Perry called the ruling “a bad one.”
While proclaiming that he is pro-life himself, Dyer-Perry attacked the pro-life ruling since it “fails to respect the choice and autonomy of the mother,” and that it should be the mother’s decision whether “to continue with the pregnancy.”
“Political and religious leaders do not necessarily know best,” he wrote, before making a reference to the oft-used pro-abortion argument that men should not have a say in the debate. “Matters are not helped when those who seek to impose this new law are, predominately, male.”
The backlash after the ruling in Poland demonstrated the poor decision of the government, wrote Dyer-Perry. The ruling led to the formation of “two distinctive and opposing camps – pro- and anti-abortion,” he declared. “This is not the way to progress the protection of the unborn child.”
"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." - Matthew 6:24
In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.
We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.
Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion.
Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.
In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden's eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our 'Catholic' politicians.
The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.
Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.
But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden's candidacy.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.
Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.
- In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.
- Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
- Biden said that he wouldn't defend Hyde, and he hasn't.
And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.
Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a "Catholic" in Biden's position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.
American rank-and-file Catholics don't want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this "pre-eminent" life-and-death issue.
We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and "dialoguing."
50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!
So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and "dialoguing." [**Please see "Notes" below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]
And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!
With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.
The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.
We call on them to choose God and choose Life!
And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden's promotion of abortion!
SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.
After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.
The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance
Biden administration has opened the way for ‘abortion by mail on a massive scale’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biden-administration-unleashed-by
‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-biden-marks-roe-v-wade-anniversary-with-pledge-to-make-abortion-available-for-everyone
BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-dc-archbishop-affirms-he-will-give-holy-communion-to-pro-abortion-joe-biden
Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/vatican-puts-brakes-on-us-bishops-confronting-problem-of-pro-abortion-biden-receiving-holy-communion
Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion
Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-burke-floats-excommunication-for-biden-over-his-aggressive-promotion-of-abortion
Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/bidens-hhs-is-lying-about-title-x-to-push-abortion
List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/list-of-us-bishops-for-and-against-denying-communion-to-pro-abortion-politicians-like-biden-pelosi
Notes about USCCB's June Meeting:
For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.
Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.
And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.
Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.
Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).
It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.
And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.
These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.
But, it will not.
Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.
With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by “dialoguing” with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.
***Photo Credit: Claire Chretien / LifeSiteNews
In his letter, Dyer-Perry also indicated his support for LGBT ideology by noting that his pro-life beliefs meant that he supported “those seeking equal rights for LGBTQ persons.”
He also used the letter to reveal his support for the violent, anti-Christian Black Lives Matter protests.
Then in a Facebook video from May, announcing his assignment to Allen Hall, Fr. Dyer-Perry referred to God using the female pronoun “she,” a style of address notably used by pro-LGBT Father James Martin, S.J. Twice in his video address and in his written message, Fr. Dyer-Perry addressed God as female: “Where is she calling me? Where is she calling you?”
Such a style of address is in direct opposition to the teaching of the Church, and her canonized Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, who taught the “name HE WHO IS most properly belongs to God.” The formula, given by God to Moses (Exodus 3:13-14), is the most proper name for God, wrote Aquinas, due to its signification, universality and consignification.