By now, everyone knows that Father Pavone did not show up for the highly public humiliation Bishop Zurek had in store for him by ensuring the media was well-informed of the event.
Yet, the good bishop just happened to fail to inform anyone that before the event, he had refused Father's request, through a canonical lawyer (who also happens to be a priest), for a "mediator" at that meeting.
And so, we, as believers, who have the right to call into account anyone in authority who causes public scandal may now ask for Bishop Zurek to answer these questions as to his highly suspect behavior and seemingly hypocritical statements.
Let him be obedient in answering a faithful Catholic's flock inquiries -- if he has nothing to hide.
We'll begin with the bishop's own words:
“I would welcome a meeting with Father Pavone, face to face, a meeting as his bishop,” Zurek said. “I am still waiting for a favorable response to that.”
A few questions regarding this new October 13th "I-am-the-good-guy statement" to the media:
-- When Father Pavone showed up in your diocese to meet with you on September 13, you had quickly left town to go on "vacation." You did not return for two weeks. Why?
-- Can you tell us Catholics what was so pressing to leave after making such a ruckus in the media and a public scandal over your claim to meet with Father Pavone under "obedience"?
-- Can you also give us the details of your "vacation" in Rio de Janeiro? Did you just relax under the sun with a smile on your face while Father Pavone was chastised and publicly humiliated by your media releases which continually referred to him as "suspended"?
-- Or were you busy in Brazil saving the souls of those who were gathering to attend the world-renowned Rock in Rio event; a concert which oddly coincided with the dates of your so-far no-details vacation.
-- Can you tell us if you attended any concerts, and, if so, did you enjoy the September 23rd performance of Metallica?
From a different perspective, according to the canonical lawyer advising Father Pavone, he has stated that you have been asked to engage in mediation with him.
-- Can you explain why, according to Rev. David Deibel, JD, JCL, you have "not responded to or even acknowledged any of these requests" for mediation, which apparently is coming from the other bishops and priests involved in Father Pavone's organization?
-- Is it because you are still unpacking from your Brazilian trip or listening to the latest CDs you brought back and haven't yet had the time for secondary affairs?
Bishop Zurek, you have stated that “This is a delicate internal church matter that needs to be resolved between a bishop and his priest."
-- Can you then explain why you keep issuing statements to the media?
Also, bishop, you stated: “In no way would I want to harm, in any way, form or fashion, the pro-life movement.”
-- Are you so blind that you can't comprehend that you have already done irreparable harm, especially to the leading advocate of this cause?
-- Also, did you believe when you told the entire world to stop contributing to Priests for Life that your statements would not cause a public scandal that involves all the priests and bishops involved in this group?
Are you just spiritually blind to any of our questions or perhaps you would like to respond to Father Pavone's statement, which we agree with in its entirety:
"There are people who call themselves ‘Catholic’ who want to destroy Priests for Life,” Father Pavone's letter states. “They are part of what Pope Paul VI alluded to in 1972 when he said that ‘the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.’
“In reality these self-proclaimed ‘Catholics’ are heralds of the culture of death. And their strategy right now is to put out a constant drumbeat of lies and false accusations against Priests for Life in the hope that unsuspecting people will begin to believe them and stop supporting Priests for Life.”
If this is your strategy, Bishop Zurek, congratulations on a job well done.
This leads to our final question for you, Bishop Zurek, which we demand you answer:
-- Did you see the "smoke of satan" during your trip to Rio or were the beaches just nice and sunny and a little warm?
-- If you were not on the beaches, or at the Rio rock festival, could you give an account of what Church "business" you had in Rio or do you just like to cause a scandal and then leave?
Written on the Feast of Pope St. Callistus who "admitted to Communion those who had done public penance for such crimes as murder, adultery and fornication."
And the crime Father Pavone has committed (and been convicted of) is ... ?
Yes, and for those who keep talking about "obedience" to our bishops, perhaps when they stop engaging in scandal, unholy behavior and crimes that get them indicted, we will listen.
Until then, we will not be "obedient" to a hierarchy that is steeped in scandal and sin while they destroy holy liturgies, priests and nuns.
How many more scandals will it take before we, as a laity, ask for an accounting of these men, who are not only ruining souls, but the entire reputation and moral authority of the Catholic Church?
Oh, don't worry, it's only an indictment.
Actually, wrong. As one observer stated: "The taboo against acknowledging that bishops are responsible in these matters has been challenged."
Also for those websites and bloggers who claim the scandal is behind us, note the priest in this latest Kansas City shame had already been indicted this year; and the indictment against the bishop is for child endangerment this year.
Question: do the bishops think they can still get away with this?
If they do, this, then, will be one of many Catholic bishops on trial in a masonic court for child endangerment.
For it is not an isolated case this year as Philadelphia and other dioceses have proven.
Yes, of course, we know this is an attack from satan against Christ's Church. But wake up, people. Too many of our bishops are aiding abetting him with their inability to lead and make moral judgments.
Interestingly, the indictment against the bishop had to be delayed because he was "out of town." One can only pray he hasn't been anywhere near Rio.
Finally, there is one critical question every Catholic must ask.
Why is the Lord allowing this?
There is no pope, no bishop, no priest, no "council" that will rectify this and restore His Church.
There is only One who can.
He is waiting for our response. Do we need Him? Do we want Him?
Or do we want just the same old same old?
If NOT, then we MUST pray for Him to enforce His Three R's:
Christ's Return, Reign and Rule.
Only then will we have restored to us what is rightfully His: One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
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