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  • Bishop Olmsted: 'Love Authentically' by Acknowledging Disorder of Homosexuality

    08/11/2010 2:07:35 PM PDT · by topher · 7 replies -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | August 11, 2010 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Wednesday August 11, 2010 Bishop Olmsted: 'Love Authentically' by Acknowledging Disorder of Homosexuality By Kathleen GilbertPHOENIX, Arizona, August 11, 2010 ( - The federal appeals court decision to overturn California's constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex "marriage" represents a threat to "cultural sanity" fueled by a line of thinking that is "absurd and only nominally rational," wrote Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted this week.Olmsted said in a Tuesday column for the Catholic Sun that the decision to overturn the voter-approved constitutional language "cannot be passed over in silence," and criticized an opinion piece in The Arizona Republic that stated: “If this...
  • Los Angeles Getting a New Archbishop (Part 2)

    02/02/2010 10:28:28 AM PST · by Mighty_Quinn · 1 replies · 175+ views ^ | 1/30/10 | Michael Barber
    On Saturday Rocco Palmo announced on his blog that he has learned that the terma, the final three names submitted to Pope Benedict for the job of Shepherd of Los Angeles, includes both Hispanic and Anglo candidates. Palmo writes: "again, the demographics of the archdiocese are an immense consideration here, but so is the skill-set of a candidate given the Holy See's assessment of the place" ("Back Page" live discussion, posted at 10:27). In the last post, I looked at the Hispanic bishops most frequently named in connection with this story. But what if it's not a Hispanic? Obviously, if,...
  • Bishop Olmsted Tells Fr. Jenkins Obama Invitation "public act of disobedience to US Bishops"

    03/26/2009 4:11:54 PM PDT · by Titanites · 104 replies · 1,902+ views
    American Papist ^ | March 26, 2009 | Bishop Olmstead
    Here is a screen capture of the letter that the Bishop of Phoenix Thomas Olmsted sent to Notre Dame President Father Jenkins yesterday (on the Feast of the Annunciation) and has now permitted to be published today: These are very strong words from Bishop Olmsted, especially these two lines: "It is a public act of disobedience to the Bishops of the United States.""I pray that you come to see the grave mistake of your decision, and the way it undercuts the Church's proclamation of the Gospel of Life in our day." Mike Phelan, Director of Marriage and Respect Life for...
  • Soldier's story continues after death

    01/07/2008 9:24:13 AM PST · by CHICAGOFARMER · 3 replies · 100+ views
    Journal Sentinel ^ | January 6, 2008 | Mike Nichols
    Soldier's final journal. Soldier's story continues after death By MIKE NICHOLS Posted: Jan. 6, 2008 Mike Nichols E-MAIL Andy Olmsted was too many things to neatly enumerate. He was a husband and a brother and a blogger. He was a son to two of my very good friends. "I don't know if there is an afterlife; I tend to doubt it, to be perfectly honest. But if there is any way possible, Amanda, then I will live up to Delenn's words, somehow, some way. I love you." Services for Andy Olmsted will probably be at Fort Carson in Colorado...
  • Final Post

    01/04/2008 4:09:46 PM PST · by Dawnsblood · 69 replies · 1,144+ views
    Andrew ^ | 1/4/08 | Major Andrew Olmsted
    I suppose I should speak to the circumstances of my death. It would be nice to believe that I died leading men in battle, preferably saving their lives at the cost of my own. More likely I was caught by a marksman or an IED. But if there is an afterlife, I'm telling anyone who asks that I went down surrounded by hundreds of insurgents defending a village composed solely of innocent women and children. It'll be our little secret, ok?
  • Andy Olmsted

    01/04/2008 4:13:48 PM PST · by Steelerfan · 42 replies · 1,127+ views
    Obsidian Wings ^ | January 4, 2007 | Andy Olmsted
    Andy Olmsted by hilzoy Andrew Olmsted, who also posted here as G'Kar, was killed yesterday in Iraq. Andy gave me a post to publish in the event of his death; the last revisions to it were made in July. Andy was a wonderful person: decent, honorable, generous, principled, courageous, sweet, and very funny. The world has a horrible hole in it that nothing can fill. I'm glad Andy -- generous as always -- wrote something for me to publish now, since I have no words at all. Beyond: Andy, I will miss you. My thoughts are with his wife, his...
  • Rocky blogger Major Andrew Olmsted killed in Iraq

    01/04/2008 5:35:53 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 9 replies · 187+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 4, 2008
    Fort Carson-based Army Major Andrew Olmsted who wrote a blog from the war for the Rocky Mountain News was killed Thursday in Iraq. He went there to teach members of the Iraqi Army how to defend their country and provide security for citizens. Major Olmsted was a veteran blogger and was determined to make a difference in Iraq. He began writing for on May 21. He left behind a final blog post on his website No details were available on how the Major Olmsted died.
  • Charges against priest darken rising star (Dale Fushek Phoenix Life Teen founder busted)

    11/23/2005 7:56:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies · 1,868+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 11/23/2005 | Lawn Griffiths
    By 2003, Monsignor Dale Fushek’s star was rising so fast, the Tribune named the Mesa priest one of the "10 People to Watch" in the coming years. It may have been prophetic. The pastor of the dynamic St. Timothy’s Catholic Community was preaching to 8,000 a weekend. He had just gained the coveted monsignor title and had been been advanced to vicar-general for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. He oversaw construction of the stately Diocesan Pastoral Center. He co-founded the international Catholic youth program, Life Teen, and launched the highly respected Paz de Cristo homeless kitchen and ministry in...
  • Knees to love Christ

    03/05/2005 2:56:44 PM PST · by Land of the Irish · 125 replies · 3,015+ views
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | Bishop Olmsted
    Part One of Two Knees symbolize both strength and humility. Athletes use strong knees to run for touchdowns in football and to block shots and to slam-dunk in basketball. Knees also bend in adoration of the Eucharistic King and in recognition of the grandeur and majesty of the Most High God. Already in Biblical times, knees were a symbol of humility and strength. To bend one’s knee before God was a profound act of worship; it stated boldly yet simply that God is the source of all power and that the one on bended knee is ready to place his...
  • Backers bid fired priest farewell (Bishop Olmsted & Fr. Cunningham update)

    01/10/2005 7:35:34 AM PST · by Drake Tungsten · 5 replies · 325+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | January 10, 2005 | J. Craig Anderson
    Backers bid fired priest farewell By J. Craig Anderson, TribuneHundreds of Catholics at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Gilbert said goodbye to founding pastor John Cunningham following Mass on Sunday, with many vowing to leave the church in protest of his dismissal. The parishioners said they are sad and angry about Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s decision to remove Cunningham as pastor for reasons outlined in a letter dated Jan. 6 and included in a church newsletter distributed Sunday. Cunningham was removed because of allegations he mismanaged parish finances, Olmsted wrote. But, the protesters said no wrongdoing has been proved, and...
  • Action to remove priest angers parishioners

    01/07/2005 11:43:54 AM PST · by Drake Tungsten · 39 replies · 1,001+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | January 7, 2005 | Lawn Griffiths
    Action to remove priest angers parishioners By Lawn Griffiths East Valley TribuneBishop Thomas Olmsted’s action to remove the Rev. John Cunningham as pastor of the Gilbert parish he founded in 2002 has infuriated parishioners who say the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has been unwilling to hear their appeals of support for the veteran priest. The parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene say the new bishop targeted Cunningham because he is a progressive, liberal priest who embraces diversity. Cunningham, 55, was first suspended from his duties on April 30 on accusations he violated church law by performing a wedding last spring at...
  • Ultimatum for Catholics [Phoenix & elsewhere]

    08/03/2004 9:43:49 AM PDT · by Phx_RC · 72 replies · 1,139+ views
    AZ | August 2, 2004 | Dennis Kavanaugh
    We have yet another disturbing story about an apparent crackdown by some Catholic bishops on lay Catholic activities. . . . [snip] Does this mean I am unworthy to continue my lay ministry as a lector? . . . [snip] What does our new bishop think about Bishop Vasa's ultimatum?
  • Half Year of Challenges Met With Prayer

    07/01/2004 12:33:29 AM PDT · by Phx_RC · 9 replies · 114+ views
    The Catholic Sun ^ | July 1, 2004 | Robert DeFrancesco
    Phoenix's fourth bishop remains ever faithful to Catholic Teachings Exhibiting an inspired sense of composure in the face of would-be detractors, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has peacefully and prayerfully handled many hot-button issues in his first six months in Phoenix. Within his first week, the bishop was praying the rosary outside a local Planned Parenthood with more than 200 other Catholics on Christmas Eve. To this day, the bishop has made clear his intentions. “My concern is for human persons,” said Bishop Olmsted. “My purpose for being there is to stand up and say that there are human beings who...
  • Bishop cautions politicians

    06/10/2004 9:12:43 AM PDT · by Phx_RC · 11 replies · 92+ views
    The Arizona Republic | June 10, 2004 | Michael Clancy
    Catholic politicians who unambiguously support a woman's right to choose should not receive communion, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said Wednesday. But he declined to say he would deny communion to politicians who do not follow church teaching on abortion. Asked directly about what he would do if Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic candidate for president who is a Catholic and supports abortion rights, came to him for communion, the leader of the Diocese of Phoenix said, "I would hope that would not happen." "If he asked about it," he said, "I would tell him he should not receive communion."...
  • Faith leaders urge tolerance of gays [No Longer Silent]

    06/09/2004 8:06:18 AM PDT · by Phx_RC · 37 replies · 133+ views
    East Valley Tribune [AZ] | June 9, 2004 | Lawn Griffiths
    Demanding that Catholic and other religious leaders include gays in the full life of the church, pastors on Tuesday nailed their controversial "Phoenix Declaration" to a symbolic door they want opened to allow gays to fully experience "God’s unconditional love." Their gesture sought to recreate what Reformation founder Martin Luther did in 1517 in nailing the "95 Theses" to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, to protest Catholic practices and abuses. Members of No Longer Silent/Clergy for Justice capped a news conference in Phoenix with the gesture to react to Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s ordering nine...
  • Bishop Olmsted Responds to Arizona Republic Article (of May 21, 2004)

    05/24/2004 3:39:00 PM PDT · by Phx_RC · 27 replies · 145+ views
    Diocese of Phoenix Press Room ^ | May 24, 2004 | Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
    The headline in the Arizona Republic (5/21/04), “Bishops won’t link politics, Communion” misrepresents my position. Abortion is the killing of a completely innocent life and thus bad news for both unborn children and their mothers. It is a horrible wrong. It is intrinsically evil. We have a serious obligation to protect human life, and especially the most innocent and vulnerable. Whoever fails to do this, especially when they are able to do so, commit serious sins of omission. They jeopardize their own spiritual wellbeing and they are a source of scandal for others. Should they be Catholics, they should not...
  • Priest won't remove name from letter on gays [No Longer Silent]

    05/20/2004 8:38:50 AM PDT · by Phx_RC · 12 replies · 75+ views
    East Valley Tribune [AZ] | May 20, 2004 | Lawn Griffiths
    Retired reverend says policy based on old science A retired priest has informed Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted that he will not withdraw his name from the "No Longer Silent Phoenix Declaration," a letter signed by Arizona clergy calling for full inclusion of gays and lesbians in religious and community life. The decision puts the Rev. Andre Boulanger of Phoenix at odds with church teachings and subject to discipline. In April, Olmsted , leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, ordered nine diocesan priests to remove their names from the letter developed by No Longer Silent/Clergy for Justice in January...
  • Olmsted's stamp on Diocese [of Phoenix]

    05/02/2004 3:32:02 PM PDT · by Phx_RC · 66 replies · 1,053+ views
    East Valley Tribune [AZ] ^ | May 2, 2004 | Lawn Griffiths
    Some 4 1/2 months into his tenure, Bishop Thomas Olmsted has left no doubt that he is what the Vatican ordered when he was named to head the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. A rapid series of recent diocesan actions underscores that Olmsted is a loyal and ardently faithful servant to Pope John Paul II, with whom the bishop once regularly worked during assignments with the Curia in the early 1980s. The pope tapped the 31-year priest last fall to leave his bishop's job in the Diocese of Wichita, Kan., to come to Arizona to rebuild a church rocked by...
  • New bishop shows his view of gays - [The Olmsted opposition responds]

    05/01/2004 2:10:36 PM PDT · by Phx_RC · 68 replies · 450+ views
    East Valley Tribune [AZ] ^ | May 1, 2004 | Mary K. Reinhart
    Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted doesn't want gays and lesbians in his church. The leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix made that abundantly clear this week when he ordered nine priests to remove their names from a statement they signed last year affirming gay rights and denouncing discrimination against them. Disguising homophobia as a religious mandate is nothing new, but coming from the new bishop it is at best unsettling. Because if the Bible bans homosexuality, then it also: o Demands that a bride found not to be a virgin be executed by stoning. o Forbids divorce and remarriage...
  • Priest Suspended over Communion -- [Forbidden Concelebration in Phoenix Diocese]

    04/30/2004 3:17:52 PM PDT · by Phx_RC · 30 replies · 291+ views
    East Valley Tribune [AZ] ^ | April 30, 2004 | Lawn Griffiths
    A Gilbert Catholic priest, the Rev. John "Jack" Cunningham, founding pastor of two East Valley parishes, was suspended Wednesday afternoon pending further investigation for allegedly concelebrating a Eucharistic Mass with a non-Catholic clergyman. Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix ordered Cunningham removed from duties at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church parish in Gilbert, which the priest founded in July 2002. He previously spent 17 years at St. Bridget Catholic Parish in Mesa, which he organized in June 1985. "In the language of the church, Father Cunningham allegedly engaged in the forbidden concelebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice...
  • Don't back gays, bishop tells priests -- [Holy Bishop Olmsted alert]

    04/28/2004 8:18:31 AM PDT · by Phx_RC · 31 replies · 1,522+ views
    The Arizona Republic ^ | April 28, 2004 | Michael Clancy
    Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted privately has ordered nine Catholic priests to withdraw their support from an interfaith statement supporting gay rights. Two of the nine priests who signed the Phoenix Declaration in January 2003 confirmed they received "personal and confidential" letters from the bishop last week. In the letter, Olmsted tells the priests and one religious brother to remove their names "under obedience" to him. No consequences are spelled out for those who decline. A copy of the letter was not available, and, as of Tuesday, none of the priests had asked that their names be removed. Olmsted said the...
  • Bishop shifts key officials of diocese -- Olmsted replaces O'Brien's confidants

    04/21/2004 10:16:21 AM PDT · by Phx_RC · 38 replies · 396+ views
    The Arizona Republic ^ | April 21, 2004 | Michael Clancy
    Three key officials of the Diocese of Phoenix, all confidants of Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien, will be replaced July 1, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted announced Tuesday. The departure of Monsignors Dale Fushek and Richard Moyer, and chancellor Sister Mary Ann Winters marks an almost complete change of administration from O'Brien's time as bishop. . . . O'Brien resigned in June after his arrest in connection with a hit-and-run accident. "I wanted to choose priests who are well known for their pastoral zeal, their prudential judgment, their sound doctrine, their ability to work collaboratively with a variety of persons, and their...
  • Latin Masses to be allowed after 25 years

    03/17/2004 7:39:01 AM PST · by lrslattery · 129 replies · 238+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | 3/17/2004 | Michael Clancy
    <p>Latin, the ancient language of the Catholic Church, will be allowed in Diocese of Phoenix churches for the first time in at least 25 years.</p> <p>Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, reversing 20 years of diocesan policy, announced the change to priests at a meeting earlier this month. A committee will report today on details.</p>
  • Homily given by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

    11/25/2003 8:41:57 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 4 replies · 115+ views
    Priests for Life ^ | January 20, 2001 | Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
    Love Means Giving Oneself Away (Homily given by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Coadjutor Bishop of Wichita, Kansas, on January 20, 2001) "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life." (John 3:16) God created us in love; God created us out of love; God created us for love. God gave us two great commandments: "You shall love your God with all your mind, with all your heart, with all your strength and with all your soul. You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Love,...