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A priest in Indiana met with immediate criticism after referring to the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers as "maggots and parasites" in his weekly message, according to IndyStar.

  • Rev. Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel was subsequently suspended from public ministry by Bishop Timothy Doherty on Wednesday.
  • Rothrock wrote in his Sunday message, "The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own. They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment."
  • The priest went on to say that the church must stand against Black Lives Matter and Antifa, as well as criticize the destruction of monuments.

"Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe," Rothrock wrote. "They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of man and not in the image of God."

  • The Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana said in a Wednesday statement: "The Bishop expresses pastoral concern for the affected communities. The suspension offers the Bishop an opportunity for pastoral discernment for the good of the diocese and for the good of Father Rothrock."
  • The statement added that "various possibilities for his public continuation in priestly ministry are being considered."

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