Priest-father, not real father. Real fathers would more likely align with mons and kids on this one.
Until the Julie Hess letter was released last week, there wasn’t much St Blog’s action on the KC-SJ scandal. I searched through some sites and still nothing on many.
Red Cardigan got testy on her site. So did her combox, a bit:
At face value, this sounds like Erin is ready to join Voice of the Faithful. Although I say that tongue in cheek.
Father Z is taking his spiritual flints and slings to Mass, while warning you that only yellow smiley faces are welcome from the commentariat. He mentions the attacks of hell, but let’s be real: the bishop and vicar general both have allied themselves with a priest who has serious sexual problems outside of the Christian moral mainstream. If anyone’s closer to hell on this one, well, you can read my mind.
Not surprising this schism would split along the lines of clergy and mothers. Or real fathers, even. As a real father, I can say my inner alarms go off whenever I detect a whimper from the young miss. It’s been true since she arrived: the love and commitment of the domestic Church trumps clergy wagons circling on the divide.
I’ve heard more from friends in the diocese south of us. People in my old parish were pretty willing to let Fr Shawn’s last chance roll by. There was concern the weekend of 21/22 May, but the pastor there is good with people, and he offered to meet with anyone who had concerns or questions.
Ignoring a principal’s letter, however, is pretty bad. I heard from a retired principal who wasn’t impressed with the timeline. The mom of one of the young miss’s friends is much angrier.
Thinking about the future I would say that people who get wind of this story …
- will be more inclined to report a priest to the police and bypass the diocese entirely.
- will be less inclined to give conservatives/traditionalists the benefit of the doubt on the high moral ground
- will be more inclined to maintain a close watchfulness in Catholic school settings
- will be less inclined to trust their bishop
- will be more inclined to tune in advocacy and protest groups
The Church itself will drift a bit farther from a practical unity: parents versus priests, priests more isolated from laity, priests wondering about bishops, the faith skeptics reinforced in their opinions about organized religion, Catholic inquirers dismayed. All in all, I’d say some people did a U-Turn on their way out of the Long Lent. Hiont to the clueless: it’s Easter. Get with the program.