Thursday, March 17, 2016

Catholics Mourn Suicide of Fr. Virgilio Elizondo of #NotreDame - Please Pray for his Soul....

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio has released a statement regarding the death of his priest, Father Virgilio Elizondo. He was found dead on Monday, March 14, 2016 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Fr. Elizondo, was a leader for Hispanic Catholics and was a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. He was 80 years old and living in San Antonio.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller:
 I join the priests of the Archdiocese of San Antonio as we are deeply saddened and stunned by the news of the death of Father Virgilio Elizondo on March 14. This is an occasion for great sorrow, as his death was sudden and unexpected.Father Virgil had served as rector of San Fernando Cathedral, and pursued scholarly work in Latino theology, evangelization, faith and spirituality, and culture. He had also been a long-time theology professor at the University of Notre Dame, and was the author of several books. At this devastatingly sad time for Father Virgil’s family -- especially his sister -- as well as his brother clergy, co-workers and friends, we offer our most profound sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all. I pray for all those who mourn Father Virgil and for the repose of his soul. In this Year of Mercy, we now commend him to the saving mercy of our God, who is compassionate and full of mercy and love. This is most fitting and proper. Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
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A lawsuit was filed against Fr. Elizondo in May 2015 accusing him of sexually abusing a boy in the 1980s. He denied the allegation and reportedly planned to fight it in court.
Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, released a statement saying "I am very sad to hear the news of Father Virgilio’s passing. He was a good friend and a brother priest and I will miss him."
"His death is a deep loss for the Church," Archbishop Gomez said. "I am praying for him and his family. May the Virgin of Guadalupe, whom he loved so much, embrace him in her maternal compassion."

1 comment:

Jimmy Martello said...

Eternal Rest show unto him Oh Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon him.
It goes without saying, there is much more to the story than is being reported.
It doesn't reflect well on the Department of Theology at Notre Dame University that a priest inclined this way and capable of this is preferred on their faculty. It yet another example of how fragile a hold on basic Catholic life that university has become.