An Update on Fr. Timothy Radcliffe

December 2006

In our New Oxford Note "Noblesse Oblige" (Sept. 2006), we noted that Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, the Master General of the Dominican Order from 1992 to 2001, was talking out of both sides of his mouth or just uttering gobbledygook when he gave a talk on "Overcoming Discord in the Church" at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress on April 1. His talk was printed in the National Catholic Reporter (May 5, 2006), but it had been edited.

We received a letter from our friend Erven Park, who supplied an article from the Los Angeles Mission, which contained the same speech given by the National Catholic Reporter (obviously heavily edited). The Los Angeles Mission quoted Radcliffe as saying: "We begin by standing beside gay people.... And this means letting our imaginations be stretched open to watching Brokeback Mountain [a homosexual propaganda movie], reading gay novels, having gay friends...[and] listening with them as they listen to the Lord." (This was also reported in the National Catholic Reporter by John L. Allen Jr., but we missed it.)

Park also supplied an article from LifeSite­, which quotes Radcliffe as saying in November 2005: "Any deep-rooted prejudice against others, such as homophobia or misogyny, would be grounds for rejecting a candidate for the priesthood, but not their sexual orientation."

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New Oxford Notes: December 2006

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"Silly Timmy" Radcliffe. Posted by: gespin3549
December 01, 2006 08:44 AM EST
Yes, things are worse than you thought. In England, Radcliffe has celebrated Mass on more than one occasion for the openly dissenting homosexual group "Roman Catholic Caucus of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement" (now operating under the name "Soho Masses Pastoral Council") who hold Masses in an Anglican church in Soho, London, twice monthly. (For one of his sermons given at these Masses, see:-
In spite of this, Radcliffe is still lauded and feted by our bishops, and despite complaints from Catholics concerned about his defence of practising homosexuals, Radcliffe was recently allowed to address a "Greenbelt" diocesan youth festival (see:-
for report). The man seems to speak about little else but homosexuality these days. Is there something he wants to get off his chest?
Posted by: John Sheridan
December 14, 2006 12:55 PM EST
Throughout most of modern history, hasn't the rise of homosexuality accompanied widespread disorder and depravity that precedes mass carnage and the ruin of societies? Posted by: j17ghs
September 06, 2007 01:43 PM EDT
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