Meet the (Gay) Priest that Homophobic Hypocrite Bob McDonnell is Now Living...

Meet the (Gay) Priest that Homophobic Hypocrite Bob McDonnell is Now Living With

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The following story most definitely falls into the “you can’t make this s*** up” category. So, you know how Bob McDonnell, now on trial for corruption as governor (and busy throwing his wife under the bus while rolling back and forth over her a few times, proving he’s a complete cad as well as a sleazeball), has moved out of his home with Maureen and moved in with a priest (Rev. Wayne Ball of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Richmond)? Well, how about we meet the good Reverend (note: thanks to Ben “Not Larry Sabato” Tribbett for the tip on this one, since he really broke the story).

Yeah, it’s this same guy.

The Rev. Wayne L. Ball, a Norfolk priest who pleaded guilty late last year to a misdemeanor sex offense, has been reassigned to St. John’s Catholic Church in Highland Springs, according to The Catholic Virginian, a biweekly diocesan newspaper. The move is effective June 2.

Ball, 42, has served as pastor of Norfolk’s Holy Trinity Catholic Church since 2000. The current pastor at St. John’s, the Rev. David V. McGuire, will replace Ball at Holy Trinity.

In December, Ball pleaded guilty in Norfolk General District Court to the misdemeanor charge of frequenting a bawdy place. Norfolk police arrested Ball and a 41-year-old Richmond man on the night before Thanksgiving in a parked car in a Norfolk park. The judge continued Ball’s case until July 8 and will dismiss the charge if the priest has no further criminal problems and completes 80 hours of community service by June 3. The man in the car with Ball received a similar deal.

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Ball will be the second Catholic priest who recently pleaded guilty to a sex crime to serve at St. John’s in Highland Springs.

In February, the Rev. John P. Blankenship, who served at St. John’s from 1973 to 1977, pleaded guilty in Prince George County to four counts of sodomy. The charges stemmed from incidents that occurred after Blankenship’s time at St. John’s.

Look, it should go without saying that I have no problem with priests — or any other religious officials, or anyone else — being gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, etc. What I DO have a problem with is massive hypocrisy among politicians, such as a guy who richly earned the nickname “Taliban Bob” for his viciously anti-gay rhetoric and actions hounding/harassing LGBT people (not to mention his right-wingnut, theocratic, holier-than-thou, Pat Robertson-trained moralizing about what we all should or should not be doing in the privacy of our own bedrooms; not to mention the fact that when McDonnell himself was asked by reporters if HE had ever violated Virginia’s “crimes against nature” laws, he said “not that I can recall”).  

Anyway, this is the priest – Wayne Ball – who “Homophobe Bob” McDonnell is now living with in a rectory in Richmond. Just when you thought this trial couldn’t any more soap opera-ish or bizarre…

P.S. Again, let me just emphasize that I don’t have any problem whatsoever with Rev. Ball being gay. I DO have a problem with Bob McDonnell spending his career telling everybody what’s right and wrong sexually as well as who they can and can’t marry; voting for anti-gay legislation; and generally being a homophobic jerk; and then moving in with a gay priest after moving out with his wife Maureen. Holy hypocrisy alert, Batman!

  • ir003436

    So-o-o-o-o does this mean Governor Rolex is about to come out of the closet, proclaim his gayness, and . . .  

  • Dan Sullivan

    this morning!

    Or Cooch’s…or Black’s…

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    None of us really care if the priest who is presently sheltering Bob McDonnell as part of the defense plan to show just how “broken” the McDonnell marriage is happens to be gay or not. All of us should care about the hypocrites – whether Bob McDonnell or the Catholic Church – that rail against homosexuality or corruption but protect those who commit the acts among their own.

    McDonnell needs to re-read that so-called “thesis” he wrote for Pat Robertson’s school. It speaks of all these family values and “traditional values” that I suppose McDonnell thinks should apply to everyone else except those he decides to exempt from them. The same priest who is vouching for McDonnell’s character took a sacred oath of celibacy. If he couldn’t keep that oath, he should have left the priesthood. McDonnell made an unwritten pact with the voters of Virginia to represent them – and them alone – as governor. He broke that pact, and I, for one, hope he is found guilty (and Maureen is found innocent by reason of insanity caused by a crush on Jonnie Williams and her terrible temper).

  • spotter

    Bob McDonnell has been walking out of court with two priests this week. Who is the other one? See the WAVY 10 video.

  • spotter

    The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has him listed under Diocesan Tribunal as

    “Judge and Promoter of Justice for Penal Cases: Rev. Wayne L. Ball J.C.L.”

    Yes, penal cases. (Insert joke here.)

  • True Blue

    Unbelievably, bearingdrift and bullelephant call out lowell and “liberal” commenters for being hypocrites and jokesters instead of reading an entire text. I guess their readers are now the party of equality?  Or does it just suit them in never-ending election cycles to hunt for maybe “macaca” moments? Rove has succeeded in teaching one thing to the GOP; dumb-down information into phrases or sound-bites so they’re easier to comprehend and rant about.

    REPEAT – “P.S. Again, let me just emphasize that I don’t have any problem whatsoever with Rev. Ball being gay. I DO have a problem with Bob McDonnell spending his career telling everybody what’s right and wrong sexually as well as who they can and can’t marry; voting for anti-gay legislation; and generally being a homophobic jerk; and then moving in with a gay priest after moving out with his wife Maureen.”

  • True Blue

    Equally as strange is argument between martin and schoeneman (sp?) on posting the former governors’ love letter to his wife.  

    Thanks to lowell and contributors at bluevirginia, my daily reader.

  • True Blue

    Prados article attacking Lowell: bio says he believes in a “big tent;” is that only with relation to the R party? What about D party people who are “from all different walks of life?” What about I party or others? It seems Prado’s “fallen prey to the allure of DC politics” like other opposition research candidates or that his connections with Cooch have jaded him.

    As for Martin, plain and simple – out of touch.  She tries to incite rather than provide insight.

    If McDonnell is truly grateful and respectful to the priest, after clearly exposing a bias for which he’s made an obvious published statement of as well as a political career, we’ll see.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell