How Bishop Olmsted Made a Mountain out of a Molehill

On 14 January 2022, Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, alerted all the faithful regarding a matter of grave importance.  In his own words: “It is with sincere pastoral concern that I inform the faithful that baptisms performed by Reverend Arango, a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix, are invalid. This determination was made after … Continue reading Invalid Baptisms?—How Bishop Olmsted Made a Mountain out of a Molehill


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Preface — Why I created this website

1. Jesus on Sex and Marriage and Finding the Heart of God

2. How Paul VI Subverted Vatican II on Indulgences, Priestly Celibacy, and Contraceptives

3. The Absurd Invention of Abortion as Murder “from the First Moment of Conception”

4. A Catholic Father Advises his Daughters Against the Debilitating Feminism of John Paul II Eve as Pioneer of Adam’s Salvation What Peter Might Say to John Paul II Regarding his Abuse of Papal Power Relative to Women’s Ordination

6. What Jesus Might Say to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith When He Was Blamed for Permanently Excluding Women from Ordination

7. What We Now Know About Jesus and Priesthood–A Fresh Starting Point Emerging out of Biblical Scholarship and Vatican II

8. Cardinal Ratzinger’s Intrinsically Disordered Thoughts on Homosexuality–What Jesus Would Say to a Homosexual Couple

9. Safeguarding Yourself, your Family, and your Parish in harmony with Pope Francis

10. Pope Francis’ Prospects and the two Synods on the Family

11. The Struggle for and against Papal Infallibility at Vatican I

12.  Broken Image of the Cross at Auschwitz

13.   Bishops Limp into Global Warming

Seven Destructive Errors

The forward progress of preaching the gospel of truth and justice and of promoting Church reform is impeded by a series of seven bad decisions inside the Church that have turned the sheep into wolves and turned love into hate (Did 16:4).  These decisions were arrived at without adequate consultation and without the collegial process that was the hallmark of discovering the truth at Vatican II.  These decisions were based upon defective biblical studies, faulty historical studies, and the near absence of pastoral and psychological consultation.   When free and informed consent was not forthcoming, the Vatican abandoned the route of persuasion and resorted to the use of raw power to impose their views on dissenting bishops, priests, and theologians.  This mounting use of coercion runs against the way of Jesus and further discredits those using authoritarian measures to prop up positions inherently flawed.  Fear and distrust have replaced the faith-filled discussions and mutual love that are necessary for a Church community to survive and to thrive.  Pope Francis is keenly aware of this problem and he invites you to work in harmony with him to bring the Good News into your heart, into your family, and into your parish church.

Error #1 Contraceptives are intrinsically evil and sometimes cause abortions
Error #2 Clerical celibacy originates in the life and teachings of Jesus  +++
Error #3 Indulgences are rooted in the apostolic teaching
Error #4 Human life begins from the first moment of conception
Error #5 According to God’s plan, women are called either to motherhood or to virginity
Error #6 Women cannot be Catholic priests because Jesus deliberately chose only men
Error #7 Homosexual sexuality is intrinsically disordered and contrary to natural law


Resources for the experience of Catholic laity within their Church:

“Voice of the People”
by Univision 2014

“Joy and Grievances in an American Diocese [Central Illinois]”
by three psychology/political science professors at Benedictine University 2014

“Soundings of the Faithful”
by American Catholic Council  (June 2011)

U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
by Pew Research (June 2008)

Changing Portrait of US Catholics
by NCR and (October 2011)

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24 thoughts on “How Bishop Olmsted Made a Mountain out of a Molehill”

  1. Clearly Dr. Aaron Milavec has chosen to begin a new dialogue with the church leadership and it’s evolving family of believers on the place of it’s members (woman, man, and homosexuals) that begs to be analyzed in a collegial manner. He is to be commended for reopening the doors of the Synods [of 2014 and 2015] to the light of these needed discussions and that Catholic scholars will join in these discussions with their church hierarchy. May his excellency Pope Francis open his heart to the wisdom of this humble servant of the Church.

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  4. Dr. Milavec, I hope this finds you well. This is your former student Steve Connair. I’d like to contact you. Could you please send me your email address. My email is attached to this message. Thanks. All the best. SC

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  8. Dear Adela,

    I wrestled with my own religious questions from the age of 14. I studied the bible and theology by way of “saving my soul” from the foolishness and stupidity that sometimes settles in the brain of religious men and women. In recent years, I’ve acquired the courage to be entirely honest. Take this for example:

    For fifty years, the vast majority of Roman Catholic priests, religious Sisters, and theologians have been forced into a reluctant silence when it comes to birth control, celibacy of priests, ordination of women, and homosexuality. I myself, while teaching in Roman Catholic seminaries for twenty-five years, was required to keep a guarded silence on all these issues. But this reluctant obedience has not served me nor has it served those whom I helped prepare for lay and ordained ministry.
    In turn, I, as I Catholic theologian, have not served you [the present reader] by my complicity in keeping silent.

    As Fr. Helmut Schüller, the charismatic founder of the Austrian Priests’ Initiative, says, “Obedience has been overrated. The times require of us that we speak out.” Hence, 425 priests joined together in drafting their “Appeal to Disobedience“ in which they pledged to God and to his people to bring about urgently needed pastoral changes in the Church that the Austrian bishops were unwilling and unable to support because they owe their first allegiance to the Vatican.

    Pope Francis, for his part, has forthrightly warned our bishops against “the temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word . . . , within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve.” When this happens, “the bread” that Jesus blesses and gives to his disciples is transformed “into a stone” that is either “cast against the sinners” or it is carried by them as an “unbearable burden” (Luke 11:46).

    By way of atoning for my years of silence, I have prepared this book in order to equip my former students and all those faithful Catholics who are interested in sorting out the wheat from the chaff within current Catholic teaching and practice. What you discover herein will supply you with clear, strong, and compelling case studies that can be used to open up informed and reliable explorations on topics that have largely been obscured by authoritative pronouncements, by shoddy biblical scholarship, and by ignorance of Catholic history. Whether you want to speak to your teenage daughter or to your bishop, these case studies will offer talking points that will enable you to make sense out of the faith that is intended to nourish us, to make us free, and to draw us into harmony with the mind of Christ. [Need to read more? Go to:

    Peace and joy,

  9. Thanks, Anh, for your kind words. Pray that my courage will hold out. Pray for Pope Francis, that his courage will hold out. +++Aaron

    PS: Yes, theology should be enjoyable, and good theology should be very enjoyable!

  10. I wish to show my gratitude for your kindness. Your very own dedication has in every case empowered ladies much like me to realize their objectives. Your personal advice indicates much to me and somewhat more to my colleagues. Thanks a lot; from all of us.

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