|Fr. William Lugger|
You remember William Lugger. He was the social justice warrior priest who donned a pink pro-Women's March "p*ussy hat" during a homily a few weeks ago.
While it was shocking in its way, the stunt was perfectly in keeping with Lugger's public political persona, which is fully on view on his public Facebook page, among other places.
Each day offers a constant stream of anti-Trump memes, pro-Muslim posts, pro-feminist slogans and the occasional bit of "humor" like a doctored photo of Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke engaging in a leather-suited bondage session.
That was on the day Mary Tyler Moore died.
"Fr. Bill" probably thinks comportment is a sexual fetish.
Today, he posted a meme you may have already seen on the wall of one of your liberal Facebook friends. It features photographs of ten feminist icons surrounding the statement, "She persisted." One of them (top middle) is Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood.
Now I know someone might say, that's not a tribute to Sanger per se. She after all is just one of the ten - there's also Harriet Tubman, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart and that legendary American heroine, Elizabeth Warren.
But consider, suppose I put up on my Facebook wall a meme featuring ten great men or ten great leaders or ten great right-wingers or whatever and one of them was Adolph Hitler?
Or suppose Fr. Peter West did that.
Who is Fr. West? He's the New Jersey priest currently under fire for being a conservative Facebook poster. The Newark archdiocese is "concerned" about his activity and will soon be "addressing" it.
As any Catholic social media user can easily verify from experience, for every one Peter West there are ten William Luggers. Some have suggested that Fr. West "goes too far." I looked at his page and found nothing offensive. Oh, wait, there's a post condemning violent anti-Trump protests. "Violence has no place in civil society," he writes. The fiend.
Moving back to Fr. Lugger's page, there's a post praising a skit of Kellyanne Conway as a sort of broadway slut. Beneath it, a helpful "friend" added a picture of the first winning female presidential campaign manager in history crawling out of a sewer. How Christian.
Obviously, I'm not equating the two priests. Fr. West's posts are mostly forceful defenses of Catholic teaching; the remainder are perfectly consistent with it. Fr. Lugger's posts are mostly liberal cliches having about as much to do with Christianity as my dining room table. A few are innocuous, many are obnoxious and some are directly opposed to the teachings of Christ, such as Lugger's endorsement of the pro-abortion Women's March or his favorable mention of that mousy little eugenicist Sanger.
Guess who might get onto trouble with the hierarchy and who almost certainly won't.
As I observed a few weeks ago, Lugger seems to be well-liked by most of his parishioners - many of whom are Facebook friends. They appear to share his liberal values and approve of his method of expressing them. And, yes, that Mary Tyler Moore bondage picture got a number of "likes" and LOLs. I suspect that to them, their very own Fr. Bill is what a Catholic priest should be. That's the worst of it, of course, and Fr. Lugger will no doubt answer for it some day.
The contemporary American Church is decadent and rotten.