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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.
A column by Mary Ann Kreitzer describes the problem facing orthodox priests in the United States:
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. …