So, what are your thoughts?
That’s it. We at Courageous Priest truly want to know how you feel about this sad situation involving Father Pavone and Bishop Patrick Zurek the current Bishop of Amarillo?
All charitable comments will be published. Let us remember to respect the dignity of their offices as priest and bishop.
The most thoughtful and helpful comments will be published in this post.
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Here are some of your comments:
A dear friend, a Redemptorist priest, told me a long time ago, that his vow of obedience is so very important in his religious life. This vow does not diminish his priestly work but actually enhanced his personal growth because he knows that God is using him in his full capacity to carry out His mission. With that said, I believe that God will always protect the priest who loves and obeys his bishop. Please continue to pray for Father Pavone for strength and humility to remember his obedience to his bishop with and fidelity in his vows.
I believe in what Father Pavone is doing. His fight for life is a most worthy effort. I would hope and pray his bishop sees the importance of the work he’s doing and encourage and enable him to continue the work.
I do understand, the necessity for obedience for priests to their bishops. Obedience is an essential virtue for all the faithful, but especially for priests who take a vow of obedience.
God bless the Bishop and Holy Spirit guide and direct him. Also, God bless Father Pavone…Holy Spirit guide and direct him, also.
It’s very easy for people to jump to conclusions and have an opinion, but we must tread carefully not to make assumptions without all the facts.
James 1: 2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I like Fr. Pavone’s work and what he was doing but I have to admit that I felt overwhelmed by the amount of peperwork he put out. It seemed like weekly I was receiving another urgent letter to give all that I could give. Even my husband who takes little notice of Fr. Pavone’s work commented on the large number of lengthly mailings we would receive. It must have cost a fortune to print all that up and send it out. I wrote a letter to Fr. Pavone and mentioned that as much as I agree with him about abortion I simply could not be pushed in ever letter to give so much. I told him (the staff…and I recived a kind letter in response) that he did not have to educate the pro-lifers so much, we already know. I will send money but you don’t have to give me a three hour sermon in a letter to get me to send it. There are a lot of good people working on ending abortion and money plays a role, I wish he would have stressed more prayer (like 40 days for life) instead of money. I hope things go well for him. He is a tireless leader and I hope and pray that this is good for him and for all of us in some way.
With all due respect to Bishop Z, while he retains every right to move his priests around like chess pieces, his last move was lacking in strategy. Father P is too valuable to set aside just when the pro-life movement was to announce, “Check-mate”. Taking Knight Pavone off the board is an act of negligence, rancor, or revenge…or befuddlement. It can be no other. The sequence of events and facts place Bishop Z in a bad light. I am praying for justice and truth!