RNS linked the Amarillo press on Fr Frank Pavone’s ongoing tussle with his bishop. The Priests For Life celeb hit up the Congregation of Clergy, and while Priests for Life and other anti-abortion folks are generally in rejoice mode on this, Bishop Zurek said:
(This ruling) makes it clear I am free to restore him to full religious ministry, if I wish. … But he must have my permission for anything in regard to work in pro-life, and in particular Priests for Life, because that is where the issue arose to begin with.
Fr Pavone’s bishop is saying something that’s been true all along, supposedly, that he can permit the man to do as he wishes. And he makes clear the issue has been less about Fr Pavone’s freedom to say Mass or hear confessions when he’s on the road for his cause, and more about the financial accountability. Like here.
And it’s about being a diocesan priest, according to the bishop:
If I need help in the diocese, he must oblige me and provide the priestly work that is needed at any given time.
Some of the commentary from the blogosphere:
Father Pavone is back! Praise God! We’ve needed him now more than ever!! We can finally end abortion!!
Good l___, all those months! I need to double or triple my donations now!!
I believe the Holy Spirit is working through this man to end abortion!
As a pro-life Catholic, I find this difficult to stomach. We don’t need a messiah–we already have one, and we have a commission that’s been entrusted to us. No single person is indispensable to any cause. We don’t need to wait on leaders to get things done.