The musings and meandering thoughts of a crotchety old man as he observes life in the world and in a small, rural town in South East Nebraska. My Pledge-Nulla dies sine linea-Not a day with out a line.
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Our Persecuted Priests
Can you guess what these persecuted priests all have in common? They're all orthodox Catholics who actually believe and teach the Catholic Faith. We can't have that, can we?
Can you guess what these persecuted priests all have in common?
A strange phenomenon is occurring in many dioceses throughout North America. Some priests are beginning to courageously speak-out against evils in society with new boldness and passion, almost as if someone’s (eternal) life depends upon it. One would expect these faithful priests to be persecuted by the purveyors of evil, which certainly happens with some frequency. However, you might be surprised to learn the greatest threat to these priests come from their own bishops.
How do bad bishops punish good priests? Let us count the ways: exile, silencing, mandatory evaluation at pseudo-psychiatric facilities like St. Luke’s, frequent reassignment, making them permanent parochial vicars with no hope of becoming pastors, marginalization, driving them out (to other dioceses or the military vicariate), whispering campaigns designating them “mentally unstable” or “unfit for ministry,” etc. The ultimate punishment, the bishop’s sword of Damocles, so to speak, is suspension. It hangs over the head of a good priest who knows his “spiritual father” will use it. How many good priests hear variations of the threat, “You have no idea what I can do to you!” But the good priests do know. They’ve seen the sword fall on their brothers.
We have reported on the cases of eight individual priests who have been persecuted by their bishops over the course of the past two years. Our list is by no means comprehensive as there are many additional priests who being privately persecuted by their bishops. Here’s a brief rundown of the stories we have reported.
So what’s the one thing all these persecuted priests have in common? They have an orthodox interpretation of the Catholic faith. This makes them especially reprehensible to liberal ‘Catholics’ who cannot bear to hear the truths of the faith spoken with clarity and boldness. It’s simply amazing that faithful priests like these men seem to be always silenced by their bishops, while dissident Judases like Fr. James Martin are allowed to roam the country spewing their heresies to anyone who will listen.
Please contact the bishops of these persecuted priests and express your opinion regarding the actions the bishop has taken against them. Please also be sure to pray for our persecuted priests and ask God to raise-up more clerics who will courageously proclaim the Truths of the Holy Catholic Church for the salvation of souls.