Back in August 2018 I posted one of the hardest things I’ve ever written for this blog. HERE
This just came from a reader. I’ve anonymized it a little.
Dear Fr. Z.,
I hope these days find you better in body and soul. Years ago you saw my blog comments under the moniker___. These days I live in ___ and, having just read your powerful post, wanted to respond to you personally.
When the Pennsylvania report broke for reasons only He knows, God willed that several “whistleblower” priests from across the country cross my path in their moments of extreme need and vulnerability. Persecuted, frightened, alone, cutoff by the episcopacy from their brethren, their natural families, the people of God they served… some literally with no place to stay, no money, no transportation, not even food.
And rumors that a certain prelate threatens his orthodox priests with institutionalization or laicization are not rumors… they are truth. I was called to the assistance of two priests facing this threat that has become the M.O. of this prelate. That’s the thuggery of how the Church under the influence of lawless men has treated its faithful, orthodox priests.
I have listened to faithful priests cry in fear and isolation. And I have tried to get them better help than me through godly priests. But when I sought help for them from religious orders or other orthodox parish priests, every last one refused. Some said they refused for fear of losing their ministries, but worse, some refused for fear of eternal damnation for not keeping quiet and staying out of it in some twisted notion that to aid their brothers is disobedience to the Pope and therefore disobedient to – or even wounding – Christ. I was told my assisting whistleblowers was grievously adding to Christ’s wounds. Spiritual extortion. How unbearably painful to see good priests struggle against it, and other good priests succumb to being compromised by it.
In fact the only men of God who were willing to come to the aid of priests immediately, without hesitation and without agenda were Protestant ministers. Let that sink in for a moment. Only those free from the perverted imposition of “obedience” were free to serve their Catholic brothers in the Name of Jesus.
For myself, Fr. Z., my aid to these good men has come at a price. I left my ___, ___ and the ___ with which I was associated not to bring down the heat of scandal upon them, to be a stumbling block to their “obedience,” or to be myself compromised by the heat of a villainous cadre within the episcopacy. Anyone who walks this path, priest or laity, is likely to walk it alone.
“Remember, they killed the prophets,” one Evangelical pastor told me. So they did. But, sir, I would see Jesus, just as the prophets longed to do.
Please pray for the whistleblowers. I pray for you. You are welcome to use any part of my email but I ask not to be named so I may continue to help these good men.