casualty of the lavender mafia'
Matt C. Abbott
April 15, 2006
When I read this article, I wept. Father Nesbella came to the abortion march in Washington, D.C., a few years ago. A friend of mine, Karen Torres, was near him in the crowd. He held a crucifix and prayed the rosary the entire time. Karen didn't know his name, but wrote a letter to The Arlington Herald, and the editor, Mike Flach, wrote an editorial on the 'mystery priest' seeking his identity. Flach wrote a subsequent article that identified the priest as Father Nesbella. Here's Karen's description of the day, taken from Flach's editorial:
What the pro-abortionists and homosexual activists couldn't do, drive this good priest out, the Lavendar Mafia running the chancery accomplished. This is the legacy of evil bishops like Joseph Adamec. Father Nesbella was being persecuted in Altoona because he dared to condemn homosexual behavior. The bishop reprimanded him for distributing literature about the diseased deathstyle of sodomy. Father Nesbella was another priest who could kiss being a pastor good-bye. Maybe you criticize him for giving up. I can't. How steadfast would any of us be in his situation? We need a diocese with a bishop who offers men like Father Nesbella sanctuary.
The persecution of good priests is an on-going scandal to the Church in the United States. If you aren't angry about it why not? If you give one red cent to bishops who persecute good priests, you are part of the problem! The only thing these bishops (and their homosexual priest underlings) love is money. They use it to build or renovate mansions with climate-controlled wine coolers, $5,000 beds, put in marble fireplaces. These men see the priesthood as a career where they are CEOs with bottomless expense accounts. Stop enabling them.
Give your money to the Missionaries of Charity, a contemplative order of sisters like the Poor Clares, crisis pregnancy centers, pro-life politicians, and ministries that directly serve the poor (preferably one you have direct involvement in and know doesn't misuse the funds). If you can't give to your parish without paying the diocesan assessment, then give in-kind donations like flowers, paying the phone or electric bill.
Write to the apostolic nuncio about this shameful situation in the United States. If things don't change we will find ourselves with a higher and higher percentage of homosexual clerics running what's left of our disintegrating Church in the U.S. As Father John Hardon, S.J., said so often, the Lord promised the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church. He never promised the Church would survive in a particular country or diocese.
Father Hardon predicted that entire dioceses would disappear in the U.S. He also said only a handful of bishops were entirely faithful (six) and only about 60 others were 'mostly' faithful. I would like to think the situation has improved since 2000, but with many bishops indicating they will continue to ordain homosexuals despite the new Vatican document, can anyone be very optimistic?
Fight like your life depends on it. Your spiritual life, and that of your children, may! Write to:
Most Rev. Archbishop Pietro Sambi
Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic journalist and commentator. He is a columnist for and/or contributor to RenewAmerica.us, TheConservativeVoice.com, MichNews.com, Catholic.org, Opeds.com, and Speroforum.com. He can be reached at
2006 by Matt C. Abbott
Les Femmes searching for Shepherds to defend the flock.