Not surprisingly, Deacon Stoltz is a big fan of both Cardinal Mahony and Father Peter Liuzzi, O. Carm. (former director of Mahony's "ministry to Lesbian and Gay Catholics" and currently pastor of St. Agnes Church and School in Phoenix).
Father Peter Liuzzi
Sister Judy Murphy, the then in-house attorney for the Archdiocese, wrote about Liuzzi
in an e-mail sent to one of the attorneys of the Archdiocese's legal firm.
doesn't mention Liuzzi
by name, but it is clear from the context that she
is referring to Liuzzi
There is no suggestion here that Liuzzi
had been accused of any improprieties with minors.
The concern, which is raised in another e-mail, is that Liuzzi
, simultaneous to the announcement of the removal of Father Savino, was being transferred to the faculty of Crespi
following the dismantling of his Gay and Lesbian Ministry due to the loss of funding.
There was clearly some apprehension on the part of some of the Archdiocesan managers over the appointment of Liuzzi
, a known homosexual, to an all boys' school, given the torrent of revelations involving homosexual priests abusing young men and boys.
The Vicar for Clergy, Monisgnor Cox, was strongly opposed to the removal of Liuzzi
from the Crespi
In another e-mail, one of the Archdiocesan attorneys told Sister Judy:
Msgr. Cox is opposed to the removal of Fr. Liuzzi who teaches a one hour course once a week at Crespi reasoning that if he was good enough to be on the Cardinal's staff, he is OK to teach at Crespi H.S. (Disagree.) All homosexuals are not pedophiles. (Agree.) If the Cardinal was to tell the Carmelites to remove Fr. Liuzzi, that is his decision.
There has never been a claim about Fr. Liuzzi
I am not sure how long Liuzzi was on staff at Crespi
, but he
wasn't there too long.
I think he
took one of those "sabbaticals."
And now where is he?
L.A. Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala and Father Peter Liuzzi both served on the National Assn. of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries.