Thursday, April 28, 2011
Pastor of Souls
If you haven't yet heard the story of Fr. Kevin Gray check it out here.
A little recap just for those working on sloth:
A Roman Catholic priest from Waterbury who stole more than $1 million in church money and spent it on male escorts, Armani clothes and nights out at gay bars has been sentenced to three years in prison.
After The Rev. Kevin Gray serves his time, he might be able to continue serving as a priest, according to the Archdiocese of Hartford.
"Fr. Kevin Gray’s plea demonstrates that he is fully aware and responsible for the severity of his wrongdoing, and is repentant," the archdiocese said in a release. "After he completes his sentence, if devoted to his priestly commitment, he will be eligible to continue serving as a priest, but will never be placed in a position where he will manage finances."
Gray's attorney called many of the charges against his client overblown.
Exactly what I was thinking! I mean, come on, he's no Fr. Pfleger. Now there's a priest that is truly "not able to pastor a Catholic parish". Cardinal George is the man! Flexing his muscle and weeding out the real wolves in sheep's clothing of our American church. No more of the rediculous "education in the African American community, control of gun violence (and) service to the poor in the name of Christ"... As His Emminence airs out this renegade priest's dirty laundry for all to see. Fr. Pfleger could do us all a favor and take a quick peek at a few pages of Fr. Gray's playbook to stay in the active ministry game.
Fr. Pfleger's first mistake was staying so long at St. Sabina's in the first place. There's no way you will ever achieve any type of status in Chicago's gay clubbing community with the measly chump change that the weekly collection basket brings in on an average Sunday at an inner-city parish. Go west young priest! Look to the suburbs and there you will find the suppliers of male escorts and Armani suits you need to make it as a pastor of souls. The archdiocese isn't asking for much... just a little initiative.
The second lesson Fr. Pfleger can learn from Fr. Gray concerns social justice strategies; specifically with the whole "gun control" deal. Hey Pfleg, give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him how to fish he eats for the rest of his life. Your activism has to be sustainable. You can't just get rid of guns and call it case closed. You have to give violent criminals a viable way out of their crime sprees. That is where Fr. Gray's philosophy of non-violence triumphs. Instead of knocking off gas stations, gangbangers can simply dip their hands into the collection baskets on Sundays, initiate fake collections for St. Jude's or imitate Salvation Army volunteers at Christmas time. No guns necessary.
But, what's a Cardinal Archbishop to do? Well, he could take a sip from the overflowing cup of wisdom of Archbishop Mansell over in Hartford. You see... when Fr. Gray is done serving his 3 year sentence and 3 years of probation, Mansell has the foresight to not place him "in a position where he will manage finances." Simply place these volatile priests far from the vices that tempt them so. In Fr. Phleger's case it would have to be a place where there are no African Americans, guns or poor to serve... hmmm... WAIT! I GOT IT!!!! Isn't there a recent opening in a parish in the Archdiocese of Hartford?