The Catholic blogosphere is no doubt rejoicing at this news. Cardinal George on it:
A Catholic priest’s inner life is governed by his promises, motivated by faith and love, to live chastely as a celibate man and to obey his bishop. Breaking either promise destroys his vocation and wounds the church.
That’s part of the story, but not the most important aspect. I have little patience for religious leaders attempting disguise as celebrities. No leader, however much beloved or entrenched, is indispensable.
It’s understandable that mortal human beings seek for some sign of God, some incarnation of the Divine in their midst. It’s why Christians have sacraments, and why leaders are humble servants. Parishioners, understandably, are on the march. The way I read it, they’ve received a lot more care, attention, and discernment on their next pastor than nearly any other parish I’ve ever heard about.
One of the suspended pastor’s colleagues:
He’s upset, angry, discouraged, disappointed, disrespected. He says he’s never felt this disrespected in his 36 years in the ministry.
Time to grow up, I’d say. Readers know I’m no fan of Cardinal George, but I think this statement nails it:
You are not a victim of anyone or anything other than your own statements.