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Tuesday, September 27, 2011



I think the biggest problem some of the bishops have with Fr. Pavone is that he's not only interested in fighting the good fight, but in *winning* the good fight.

And that, to them, is utterly unacceptable.

Nancy D.

This is true. How many Bishops have instructed their parishes to Pray for respect for the Sanctity of every human life and respect for Marriage and the family at Sunday Mass?


Fr. Pavone cannot win the good fight. When his breath departs, he returns to his earth; on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God.


I agree that, ordinarily, a bishop would have good cause to reign in a priest who, without permission, went roving around the country engaged in a personal ministry. But here Fr. Pavone has been at it for years with permission. Now the permission has been revoked for reasons that are not clear. I know far too little about the situation to make a judgment concerning the sufficiency of the reasons for the revocation of Fr. Pavone's permission to travel. But it is not fair to criticize Fr. Pavone for the nationwide nature of his ministry when for years he was given permission to pursue his ministry all across the country.

John James

While I'm on the other side of the world ( Australia ), I have found the facts, as I understand them in relation to this case, disquietening.
As I read this case, Fr Pavone's Ordinary, or someone on his behalf, announced, publicly, that Fr Pavone was suspected of maladministration of the funds for 'Priests for Life' and that he ( Fr Pavone ) was being asked to return to the diocese in which he is incardinated, for a period of penance, prayer and reflection.
Why, I asked myself, was this 'charge' or 'accusation' announced publicly?
What provisions, if any, are there in canon law, for a cleric, who believes an accusation against he/she to be false, to seek redress for any harm done to their good name, and to their ministry?
The enemies of the Church contend that canon law lacks transparency, and has been used, in the past, to conceal bad behaviour by clerics.
Here in Australia currently, there is much controversy, because Bishop John Hepworth, the world leader of the 'Traditional Anglican Communion',a body estimated to represent about 400,000 believers seeking reunion with Rome, has alleged that he was sexually molested by three fellow seminarians while studying for the Catholic priesthood in Adelaide, here in Australia, as a young man.
He , and his alleged attackers, were all ordained Catholic priests. Hepworth contends that so traumatised was he, that he eventually left the exercise of his minstry, travelled to the UK, married, and was ordained an Anglican priest.
Hepworth has made it very clear that he is most unhappy with the canon law proces to-date, at least in the diocese of Adelaide.

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