Stumbling Block of the Year Frontrunner: Daniel P. Horan

The new year is still in the maternity ward, but a clear favorite for Biggest Stumbling Block of 2017 has already emerged.

Damiel P. Horan, who is bafflingly allowed to use the post-nominal letters OFM, proudly flaunted the participation of himself and a group of friars from his Franciscan province in the March for Women this past weekend. Here he is on Twitter dragging the Catholic Church's already blemished brand through the mud:

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Thanks to @Patri_kos for the heads up.

If you haven't been paying attention to the Creepy Male Feminists Punch Normal Women March--not that you can be blamed for ignoring it--note that it was an exclusively pro-infanticide event whose organizers disinvited pro-life groups.

A Women's March representative specifically told pro-life activist Abby Johnson that "partnering groups must support 'reproductive rights'--which might be an even more unctuous euphemism for butchering unborn children than "choice".

And if you still don't see the glaring problem with Horan's involvement in this clown funeral, let's connect some dots.

Catechism of the Catholic Church #2284:
Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. the person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor's tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother into spiritual death. Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense.
CCC #2271:
Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law...
I can't see into Daniel Horan's heart, so I don't know if the implicit approval he's giving to abortion is deliberately intended to sow confusion about the Church's consistent and unalterable teaching, or if he's invincibly ignorant about what he's done. But I do know that he has a) publicly displayed attitudes and behaviors contrary to Church doctrine in regard to b) a grave moral matter. So he IS giving scandal, and if he's doing it freely and with full knowledge, he's committing mortal sin.

Daniel, you are my brother in Christ, a fellow Franciscan theologian, and a priest of God Most High. What I've said and am about to say is delivered in a spirit of fraternal and filial concern for your soul and the souls of the countless, already deeply confused people in whose way you've placed yet another stumbling block.

Publicly retract your support of the March for Murderesses, affirm your commitment to the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, and submit yourself to the superior of your province for appropriate and salutary disciplinary action. Availing yourself of the Sacrament of Penance is also highly advisable.

I'm confident that our current Holy Father, who you profess to admire quite a bit, would concur.
It is necessary to reaffirm our solid opposition to any direct offense against life, especially when innocent and defenseless, and the unborn child in its mother's womb is the quintessence of innocence. Let us remember the words of Vatican Council II: 'Therefore from the moment of its conception life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes.
-Pope Francis 
Whatever your seemingly noble motives, cozying up to the spirit of the world is for suckers.

Speaking of which, I see that Dan got his theology sheepskin from the Washington Theological Union. Relevant postscript:
The Washington, D.C. seminary – which boasts 1,400 religious and lay alumni worldwide – has decided to shut its doors after 40 years, citing financial challenges, low enrollment and a decline in the number of religious vocations.
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We're known by our fruits, Daniel. Error bears bitter fruit, indeed. God blesses the tree that bears good fruit. Your alma mater looks more like a branch that severed itself from the True Vine and withered accordingly.

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My old school is doing fine, by the way--despite Obama's best efforts to shut it down. Perhaps I'll get in touch with the brilliant and holy T.O.R.s there and see if they'll talk some sense into you. Meanwhile, know that you and your straying brothers are in my prayers.



  1. Didn't know you were a FUS grad.

    All I can say, with the craziness going on in RCC today is this: It could be worse. It could be JESUITS.


    I say that as a grad of Spring Hill College--the 3rd oldest Jesuit college in America. It was WAY worse there.

    I actually left the Church over fruitcakes like this guy. Now, would be a good time for good Catholics to read over Pascendi Gregis and pray to St. Pius X.

    God Bless

    1. You speak more truly than you know. Horan writes for America magazine.

      Your separation from Holy Mother Church grieves me, but it perfectly illustrates the spiritual damage that heterodox actions like Horan's are causing.

      Prayers inbound.

  2. Great article! I will quote/link in my own post. God bless + Mary keep!