From CNS today, I’m not sure what to make of Fr Frank Pavone’s quote:
I fully expect that my time in Amarillo, both in terms of this immediate trip and in terms of my affiliation with that diocese is going to be temporary.
Fr Pavone’s bishop has questions about thepriest’s management of a financially lucrative operation.
I sure hope we’re not going to land in Corapiville on this one. A few observations:
- Lay ministers are free agents. Bishops don’t provide for us. Pastors do, and at their own initiative. We are free to move anywhere, work anywhere the Church will have us serve.
- Diocesan clergy are not free agents. They answer to a bishop, work with their brother priests, and serve the people of their assignment. I don’t know how to get around that and maintain integrity. If a movement is political, a lay person should be in charge.
- A priest-member of a religious order is answerable to his community.
In which category does Fr Pavone fit?
I don’t understand what appears to be a lack of integrity in a statement that essentially says, “I’ll obey, but I’m not long for greener pastures.” Isn’t this Fr Pavone’s second diocese, not counting some religious order he once formed?