Continuing Saga of Fr. Pavone

by Steve Ray on October 14, 2011

Again, I am not intending to express any opinion or comment on the Fr. Pavone situation here, but only trying to fairly provide information and updates.

Please send me any new news or updates as you discover them. I would like to post comments defending or at least explaining Fr Pavone’s position

Thanks. I pray for Fr. Pavone, Priests for Life, Bishop Zurik and the unity of the Church.

UPDATE: Fr. Pavone’s canon lawyer explains why Fr. Pavone failed to attend the meeting with his bishop HERE.

Ed petes’ Comments on Mediation

On Fr. Pavone’s failure to meet with Bp. Zurek, written by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters:

“Many, many people were fervently praying for a good outcome to yesterday’s meeting between Fr. Pavone, who had expressed his desire to meet with his superior in Amarillo, and Bp. Zurek, who last week offered a personal meeting to Pavone with ample notice. Those petitions were dashed, however, when (to what I think must have been the universal surprise of observers) Pavone simply failed to appear and HERE.

“Now, a “private meeting” between a bishop and one of his priests “to discuss his spiritual progress” poses (for reasons I can elaborate, if useful) zero canonical risk to a priest in disciplinary contention with his bishop. Conversely, the benefits of such a meeting, for men committed to improving their relationship, can be enormous. Basic risk-reward analysis would say, “Take the meeting.” So what happened?

“My thoughts here:

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

marty October 14, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Do you seriously believe the bishops are completely sainted and desire to be sure the Truth is being promulgated? Then why are the bishops not front and center on preaching, teaching and doing?

STEVE RAY HERE: Not a matter of being saints or not. Bishops are to be obeyed by their priests and trust God in the process. I recall we told this to other priests who have since vanished from the scene and fallen from grace. Remember how the Church works.

Ed Peters October 14, 2011 at 6:51 PM

LOL! How could SR have made it any clearer that he is expressing no opinions on this matter, and even if he had expressed an opinion, how on earth could “marty” think that THAT was Steve’s opinion??? More evidence that, when it comes to comboxes, people are much better at writing than they are at reading.

Tom Govern October 14, 2011 at 11:28 PM

I am not up on this totally but it would appear that Fr. Pavone is being a bit indipendent in his actions. The obvious problem is that the Church and its causes suffer. If Fr. Pavone is priest attached to that diocese, than he needs to be subject to his Bishop. Missing the arranged meeting sends an “I don’t really care” message that is very unfortunate.

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