Nothing is hidden that will not be revealed: The Fr. Dan Conlin story now public knowledge.
A friend emailed me today and asked if I knew about the story. I did. I knew shortly after it happened. I worked in a religious goods store at the time - which was a hotbed of gossip. I found out. I was sort of surprised, probably because I had seen the same priest as a seminarian at Carmel years before. Anyone assisting at Mass at Carmel had to be holy, I thought - but hey, we're not saints yet.
I still maintain he is a good priest. I've been to his Masses, he's heard my confession. He doesn't know me, but I know him - as well as his friends. he is well liked and respected. I'm so sorry the story broke, I'm so sorry personal details are revealed. I don't know what will happen with him now. Please pray for him. His name and story has been made public here.
He fell into serious sin, adultery, and atones for it. I pray he will remain a priest. I'm not sure he can however. As the article points out:
Before he became Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio said a priest who fathers a child "must leave his ministry and take care of his child, even though he might decide not to marry the woman."
In his 2010 book, "On Heaven and Earth," published in English in April, he wrote, "Because just as the child has a right to have a mother, the child also has the right to the face of a father. I commit myself to do all the paperwork in Rome, but he must leave everything. ... The double life does not do us any good, I do not like it; it means sustaining deceit."So, I don't know.
Archbishop Nienstedt doesn't exactly come off well in the sad story - according to the article he told the husband of the woman:
"(Nienstedt) is the one that's responsible for monitoring this priest's behavior," Doyle continued. "And he's the one that's responsible to provide the proper kind of pastoral care or justice for the ex-husband," as well as avoiding "serious scandal and destruction to the children, if it's not already happened."
Nienstedt told Bill in an email last year that he did not believe a meeting with Bill "would be helpful."That's cold.
I've never been impressed with bishops.
H/T Poodle Van Skor and Pewsitter