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Thursday, September 15, 2011

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Dan

There must be a lot to this that outsiders do not know. I admire Fr. Pavone quite a bit - he is one of the most dynamic speakers that I have ever heard -- but I am reserving judgment until more is known. Either way though this thing is ugly. His bishop's statement suggests financial improprieties. To the extent there are financial improprieties, that reflects poorly on Fr. Pavone. If there are no financial improprieties, however, it reflects poorly on the bishop to have suggested that there were.

Aubrey

Thank you for drawing attention to Mr. Peters' comments. I would agree with much of the above comment. I have to say that I'm a bit taken aback by the language of Bishop Zurek. Is this really the language of a successor of the apostles, a loving father, one who ought to strive to imitate Christ?

It's clear that the bishop is pissed. That radiates from the text of his letter in waves. But the place to communicate that is in person with simple, direct loveing questions.

Fr. Pavones public statements are over the top and appear to substantiate cause for the Bishop's frustration.

When I first heard of this issue I immediately thought it had to do with the assets of PFL and the disposition of those assets. Fortunately or unfortunately I believe this is fallout from the events around Fr. Corapi and the disposition of the assets he had accumulated during his ministry.

I can't say as I'm surprised. Priests and the priesthood have been the target of spiritual warfare since Christ called the apostles. I pray that the Holy Spirit guides both Bishop and priest to reconcile

Teresa

Dr. Peters' commentary on this was very helpful.

Like Aubrey, I wonder if this is fallout from the Fr. Corapi situation, especially since Fr. Corapi intends/intended to continue with his pro-life work after saying he resigned from the priesthood. Also, given the political involvement in the pro-life movement, we should rightly wonder whether some elements of the Republican Party that have benefitted from Catholic pro-life views might involve themselves in the Catholic Church for purposes of furthering the interests of the Republican Party -- I don't know, of course, but I can't blame a bishop for wanting to make sure the Catholic pro-life movement under the authority of his diocese is first and foremost Catholic, and secondarily pro-life, where pro-life politics are involved and there is money changing hands.

I wonder if Bishop Zurek might have become overly concerned in the wake of Fr. Corapi, and if Fr. Pavone might be a little bit in denial about the potential loss of the PFL part of his ministry, which he clearly loves. He needs to be cut a little slack with the realization that it may take time for him to accept, even temporarily, the loss of something he loves, if that is God's will.

There are certainly words from the great saints (St. John of the Cross among them) and examples (St. Teresa of Avila being ordered to leave her foundations and made prioress of a large non-reformed monastery not only over her own objection but also over the objection of many of the nuns in that community). However, painfully, Fr. Pavone really should accept his bishop's instructions with more docility than he has shown. If it is God's will for him to return to PFL, God will enable that to happen in due time. Meanwhile, his bishop's orders are more indicative of God's will than his subjective feelings, including the subjective feeling that he is called to something else. His obedience, and a greater showing of humility on all sides, can only draw both parties closer to God and perhaps bring Catholic pro-life ministries as a whole more clearly into their proper form as firstly and most importantly Catholic, whether Fr. Pavone resumes his ministry in PFL or whether he turns PFL over to lay control or the control of a priest from another diocese. However difficult, and while it often takes people long to accept because our hearts are torn, "Be it done unto me according to thy word."

Agnieszka

Excellent, I wish I was the author of the latest post:

http://canonlawblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/some-non-canonical-reactions-to-fr.html

LJ

Also, given the political involvement in the pro-life movement, we should rightly wonder whether some elements of the Republican Party that have benefitted from Catholic pro-life views might involve themselves in the Catholic Church for purposes of furthering the interests of the Republican Party...

With all due respect Teresa, if we are concerned about partisans in the Church, that horse has long left the barn with a Democrat in the saddle.

Oh well. All of this will no doubt feed into the Vortex.

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