Recently in Florida, some Bishops protested the new translation of the Roman Missal saying it included words too difficult for us dunderheads. Among the byzantine words that supposedly soar above our working class craniums was “gibbet”. A “gibbet” is a capital punishment device that also holds its victim up for public scorn. The Bishops may not think we are smart enough to understand the word “gibbet”, but we sure do know a Lynching when we see one.

Pro-life advocate Joseph Landry is being Lynched by a Bishop. Bishop Lynch that is. Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester, points to a story about a pro-life advocate being tried or trespassing for the crime of handing out pro-life materials in a Church parking lot in Florida.

[Catholic Online] On Wednesday, June 18, at 8:30 a.m., Joseph Landry will stand trial at 14250 49th St N, Clearwater, FL 33762 (County of Pinellas: Criminal Justice Center) for “criminal trespassing” for handing out pro-life flyers in the parking lot of St. Jude’s Cathedral during mass.

The flyer is a political parity entitled, “Real Solutions for the Negro Problem.” The tract argues that a Christian cannot vote for a racist under any condition, even if the voter agrees with the candidate on all other issues; i.e., racism is an automatic disqualifier for a candidate seeking political office.

The flyer then uses this logic and ethical foundation to show that likewise, a Christian may not in good conscience vote for a candidate who supports the killing of unborn children by abortion; support of child killing is an automatic disqualifier for a candidate seeking political office.

Landry’s argument may or may not be the most effective one, but it boggles the mind that he should be charged with trespass. I wondered how a Bishop could let such a travesty happen, but then Jeff Miller reminded us who we are dealing with here.

But when it comes to Bishop Lynch it sounds pretty plausible. This was the Bishop that did not help Terri Schiavo whose situation he described as a “family dispute” and managed to even misspell her name on the press release on her death. The same bishop who latter allowed Michael Schiavo to marry within Catholic church in his diocese. A Bishop who has ordered the cessation of the regular exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for adoration by the faithful.

‘Nuff said. Apparently Catholics have been calling the Bishops office for months asking for the charges to be dropped. The were assured in various ways that there was nothing to worry about.

For months, Catholics have been calling Bishop Lynch’s office, asking the church to drop him the charges. The church has told people that it is not pressing charges, or that the charges “have been taken care of,” or indicated in some way that Mr. Landry is not going to be tried for trespass for handing out pro-life literature in a Catholic parking lot.

If the Bishop didn’t lift a finger for Terri Schiavo, what chance did Landry ever have?