About the disappeared and suspended.
Defenders of bad boy priests should maybe cheer Fr. Cutie for this one, huh? Because a lot of Catholics seem to believe priests like Fr. Corapi and Fr. Pavone have been badly treated by their bishops. Fr. Cutie:
One of the issues I address in my personal memoir, "Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle with Faith and Love," which has caused a significant degree of controversy among certain Roman Catholic circles, is the way the institutional church deals with priests. I highlight especially those moments of personal crisis when priests need the most support, from everyone in the spiritual family they grew up in and gave their lives to, and often find everything but support. Recently, Roman Catholics have seen the disappearance and/or disciplining of several prominent priests: Father Thomas Euteneuer; Father John Corapi; Father Michael Manning; Father Frank Pavone.I've always thought priests were supposed to be obedient to their bishop or religious superiors? The Catechism seems to say that:
How many people remember these charismatic figures?
Father Ken Roberts; Father John Patrick Bertolucci; Monsignor Euguene Clark; Father Ricardo Castellanos; Father Francis Mary Stone. - Fr. Cutie has more @ Where are these priests?
1567 "The priests, prudent cooperators of the episcopal college and its support and instrument, called to the service of the People of God, constitute, together with their bishop, a unique sacerdotal college (presbyterium) dedicated, it is, true to a variety of distinct duties. In each local assembly of the faithful they represent, in a certain sense, the bishop, with whom they are associated in all trust and generosity; in part they take upon themselves his duties and solicitude and in their daily toils discharge them."51 priests can exercise their ministry only in dependence on the bishop and in communion with him. The promise of obedience they make to the bishop at the moment of ordination and the kiss of peace from him at the end of the ordination liturgy mean that the bishop considers them his co-workers, his sons, his brothers and his friends, and that they in return owe him love and obedience.Apparently some priests and not a few of their followers disagree. I don't get it.