Engulfed by waves of hatred generated by ‘conservative’ Catholics, Aaron Bianco – a gay pastoral associate at San Diego’s St John the Evangelist Parish – has thrown in the towel and resigned.
Bianco became the target of a hate campaign following an outreach Mass celebrated last year to welcome the LGBTQ community to St John’s.
Soon after it got nasty – very nasty indeed!
Explaining his resignation to a congregation at the church on Sunday, Bianco, above, said the harassment:
Started with letters left on my car attacking me and threatening me if I stayed here. The incidents escalated, turned into death threats and slashing the tires on my car. One man attacked me verbally and physically as Mass was ending one Sunday.
I was hoping the hate would stop, and those who spew this hate would leave St John’s and allow us to continue to reach out and welcome all in the community.
About two months ago, those who spew this hate decided to come after me, and this time they would stop at nothing. This included death threats, lighting the doors of the church on fire, breaking into the office/rectory and spray-painting anti-gay slurs on the wall.
Bianco is convinced that the hate campaign was carried by “so-called ‘Catholic’ groups” who:
Decided to put pictures of my family, including my deceased mother, online and give out my home address.
The hate campaign appears to have been ignited by an outfit called the Lepanto Institute. After the outreach Mass the organisation posted a piece on its website that focused largely on “Bianco’s pro-homosexual activism”, “Bianco’s ‘sodomitical marriage’ and Bishop Robert McElroy’s support for Bianco and LGBT ministry.
The author of the piece, Lepanto Institute founder and President Michael Hichborn, above, in an October 19 email to the National Catholic Register stated:
Someone who is in a same-sex ‘marriage’ has no more business working in leadership roles in the Catholic Church than does a satanist. Let’s be clear, same-sex ‘marriage’ is a satanic mockery of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and those engaged in such abominable behavior should never have been hired to begin with.
My report was not a ‘hit story’.
So what the hell was it?
An accurate report of information that is publicly available and of interest to Catholics during this time of crisis. We reported on Bianco’s sodomitical relationship because individuals living in such opposition to the Church’s core teachings should never be allowed to hold any authoritative or public role in the Church.
Self-described as “a research and education organization dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Church against assaults from without as well as from within,” the Lepanto Institute then launched an online petition asking McElroy to fire Bianco.
Also accused of targeting Bianco is the right-wing LifeSiteNews, but co-founder and Editor-in-Chief John-Henry Westen claimed that his organization has “no interest in attacking same-sex attracted persons” and “in fact we condemn such attacks.”
Our approach to such matters at LifeSite is fairly simple and straightforward. It’s about the truth in love, or ‘caritas in veritate’ as we call it. As you likely know, the Catholic Church believes same-sex sexual acts are gravely immoral.
They imperil the eternal life of the soul. Research and our experiences in seeing men and women suffer from the effects of dangerous sexual activities such as HIV/AIDS, along with the conviction that heaven could be lost for such acts, are what move us to speak out in this and similar cases. We believe it would hurt them to be silent about these harmful sexual acts.
Ah, I get it. Inciting people to vandalise a church and turn a gay man’s life into a living hell “is an act of love” towards LGBT communities and those that support them.
I get it to the extent that I wake up each day deeply thankful for the decision I took almost 60 years years ago to fight religious dogma in all its many disgusting guises.