HUMAN PRIESTS and WICKED PRIESTS
The (1) piece below is a comment from a sincere and human priest in the Diocese of Down and Connor struggling with the human condition:
(1) Thank you for your answer Pat. You honesty and truthfulness in matters not so easy to discuss is refreshing and life changing.
As you can see from the responses above - this is the 'life situation' many of us in D&C face. There is NO Christian understanding, love or desire to show pastoral care to clergy who attempt to follow their conscience. We are firmly told to get back into our boxes, crawl back under our rocks and 'function' away!!
As for BUCKLEY, I am not giving information, I am simply asking and seeking some advice! Advice that I could NOT seek internally and well you know it!!
So BROTHER D&C tell me, what should I do? Should I ignore my reality and the reality of those I have been involved with and continue to 'function' in my double life!
Will we ever get a chance to be real? I think of poor Bishop Dallat and his lifetime of lovely partnership, why should it not be acknowledged as a beautiful and good thing.
Priest - Belfast.
The (2) comment below is from one of his "brother" priests in Down and Connor condemning him:
(2) You are no "brother" of mine, you reprobate. Turn away from your sinful lifestyle and be converted, as the Lord demands/commands. "Function" is right; that is all you do! You probably couldn't hold down a job anywhere else. "Robot"? Speak for yourself!!
PRIEST (1) is like the man in the gospel who sat at the very back of the temple and said to God: "LORD, BE MERCIFUL TO ME A SINNER".
PRIEST (2) is like the Pharisee who paraded up to the front of the temple and who prayed: LORD, I THANK YOU THAT I AM SUCH A GOOD MAN - NOT LIKE THIS SINNER HERE AT THE BACK. I FAST TWICE A WEEK AND I GAVE ALMS TO THE POOR ETC ETC"
Jesus in the Gospel tells us that it was the sinner at the back - and not the Pharisee at the front - that went home at rights with God.
We basically have two kinds of priest in Down and Connor and elsewhere.
We have the human priest, compassionate, conscious of his own unworthiness and sinfulness who does his best in spite of it all to serve God and people.
And then we have the Pharisee priest - arrogant, judgemental, rude, self important, member of the "clerical club" who enjoys being on a pedestal. And inside he is full of anger, frustration, hyprocisy and living a double life.
He hates me - and this blog - because I tell the truth - and remind people that he is out there - lurking under a big rock - waiting to pounce on the weak - and those who cannot see through him.
Let me tell you about some of those priests I know:
A. There is the one who has sexually abused at least one boy in the past - and sexually abused his dog - who tells lesbians and gay people that if they present themselves for Holy Communion - he will refuse them publicly.
B. There is the one who has had gay sex in the seminary and on the streets of Rome who preaches about the importance of obedience to the local bishop.
C. There is the one who has used his cincture (part of the Mass vestments) to engage in sexual bondage who refuses to speak to me because I am a "sinner and heretic".
D. There is the one who has visited Thailand with other clerics to avail of the services of rent
boys who preaches against sex outside marriage, contraception and same sex marriage.
E. There is the one who cruises gay cruising areas in a skin tight black leather suit who is so well thought of by the diocesan authorities.
I could go on and on.
I know these priests. I have met with and counselled their victims. I have been at the rough end of their hatred and condemnations.
And these are the ones who go crazy when a "brother priest" admits he is human. They accuse him of "letting the side down". They accuse him of "giving scandal". They accuse him of "giving the enemy information".
The real enemy in the Catholic priesthood is THE ENEMY WITHIN.
Pope Francis is only scratching the surface of reform.
We need non-celibate married priests.
We need straight, gay and celibate priests living openly.
We need women priests.
We need a 21 century approach to human sexuality.
We need a church run by the laity in a democratic / collegiate manner with deacons, priests and bishops confined to pastoral roles only.
We need above all a massive SPIRITUAL RENEWAL of deacons, priest and bishops - fostered by daily prayer, regular day retreats and longer annual retreats.
And above all we need priests who are not functionaries - but passionate, believing, prayerful, humble servants of God and people.
There is a CANCER eating away at the heart of the Catholic priesthood. That CANCER needs surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and above all else the HEALING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Bishop Pat Buckley