Priest Who Compared Black Lives Matter Protesters to 'Maggots, Parasites' is Suspended

Rebekah Sager
July 02, 2020 - 11:22 am

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An Indiana priest who compared Black Lives Matter protesters to "maggots and parasites" has been suspended.  

The Indy Star reported that Reverend Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel has been suspended from public ministry by Bishop Timothy Doherty Wednesday. 

"The Bishop expresses pastoral concern for the affected communities," the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana said in a statement Wednesday. "The suspension offers the Bishop an opportunity for pastoral discernment for the good of the diocese and for the good of Father Rothrock."

During his weekly message, Father Rothrock wrote that "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 and current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment."

Rothrock additionally condemned the removal of national monuments and whether or not Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. would choose to demonstrate with the Black Lives Matter protestors. 

“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 continued. “They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God."

“Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured,” he added.

A newly formed advocacy group, Carmel Against Racial Injustice, had demanded that Bishop Doherty remove Rothrock from leadership and educate him on systemic racism. 

The group will be protesting on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. outside of the church.

“I expect Father Rothrock to issue a clarification about his intended message,” Bishop Doherty said according to the Hill. "I have not known him to depart from Church teaching in matters of doctrine and social justice." 

In a statement, the Carmel Against Racial Injustice said, “Silence is the action of being complicit in injustice."

"We are calling upon parishioners of the church, members of the community, and other religious leaders to denounce these statements and join us in active protest of this position. We can not stand idly by and allow a leader of a church that serves 6,000 Carmel families to pass off hateful and racist rhetoric as gospel.”




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