Sad for a Brother Priest
Jun 15, 2018
You may have read about a priest from our diocese who has been suspended (may not dress or act as a priest). My own reaction to the news was a mix of sadness and anger.
My sadness comes from the thought that a brother priest, now retired, could (is an allegation at this point, not a conviction) come to the end his life defrocked and cut off from the ministry he engaged in his whole life.
My anger comes from the fact that this allegation will now be an excuse for a few people for their anger at the Church. Why does that make me angry?
First, because the Church did nothing to violate anyone. A member of the Church may have done so, but remember, the person angry at the Church is a member of the Church as much as that priest is.
Second, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” However, I acknowledge that a priest-violator has dishonored a sacred trust a trust between a shepherd and his sheep.
Third, this is not the worst day in the history of the Church. Listening once to a recording of Fr. Benedict Groeschel C.F.R. (R.I.P) on the subject of scandal he was very balanced and made a great deal of sense. He noted about the latest scandal of the Church that this is not the worst day ever for the Church. Its first day was its worst. Out of 12 bishops, only one remained faithful. One committed suicide, and ten of them abandoned the Lord.
If the Church could survive its first day, then surely she will survive this very sad day.