Carmel church pastor calls Black Lives Matter organizers ‘maggots and parasites’
by Kaitlin Lange
Update, July 1: Rev. Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel has been suspended from public ministry by Bishop Timothy Doherty Wednesday after calling Black Lives Matter organizers “maggots and parasites.”
“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.”
Original story, June 30: The priest of a Catholic church in Carmel is under fire for comparing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers to “maggots and parasites” in his weekly message.
The newly-formed Carmel Against Racial Injustice group wants the Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana to remove Rev. Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church from leadership.
“The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own,” Rothrock wrote in his weekly message on Sunday, June 28. “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 any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.”
He went on to say the church must oppose Black Lives Matter and Antifa and carry the “message of peace.”