The internecine war on priests continues.
Fr. Mark White has been in the news before. He is a priest of the Diocese of Richmond. He wrote on his blog about the sex abuse crisis until the Bishop of Richmond told him to stop. He did. During COVID Theatre he started again. Now the bishop kicked him out of his parish and, directly after the announcement, changed the locks on the rectory. The bishop is seeking to have him laicized.
Even with the caveats that there are two sides to these stories, this is awful.
At the bottom of the piece I link here find links to previous articles about Fr. White.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Virginia priest could be removed from the priesthood. He continued to blog about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals even after the Catholic Diocese of Richmond Bishop ordered him to keep quiet.
8News first began digging into this story back in early 2020. Father Mark White at first obeyed an order to stop blogging. However, he restarted the online conversation once COVID hit and in-person church services halted. That has now prompted Bishop Barry Knestout to take their battle to Pope Francis.
The dispute heated up when in a surprise move, Bishop Knestout suddenly showed up at St. Francis of Assisi in Rocky Mount and took over mass. Father Mark White was the pastor at the Church. He also served as Pastor at St. Joseph’s in Rocky Mount.
During the televised service Bishop Knestout told viewers, “Father White and I are at odds.”
In the video shared with 8News, you see Pastor White is forced to stand in the background.
“Father White claims that I injured him. I claimed earlier that he injured me,” the Bisphot [sic] said during the service.
Shortly after that mass, White was locked out of the churches, his apartments, and essentially kicked to the curb.
“Thanks be to God I had a parishioner that was able to provide me with a place to live,” White said.
Now the embattled priest could lose his collar.
Bishop Knestout told White he’s petitioned Pope Francis to have him formally removed from the clergy state. [Over reaction much?!?]
“It breaks my heart. I can’t see myself doing anything else,” White said.
Parishioners like Christy Hall are angry.
“They changed the locks on his apartment with no warning, I mean this is just goofy, childish stuff,” she said. “It is as about as un-Catholic as you get.”
When the one whom you ought to be able to rely on the most is the one who trashes you, it hurts all the more.
Men try to work things out.
This is the time God chose for us to be alive. Not some other time and place, but here and now. We are His team here on Earth and we are His war fighters. The harder the fight, the greater the merit.