Aug 29, 2005

Father Messenger's message

In the most recent LOS ANGELES CATHOLIC LAY CATHOLIC MISSION, John Eck has written an informative piece about Father "Bill" Messenger, the former chaplain at the USC-Our Savior Parish. Go HERE for the article.


Messenger was placed on administrative leave following an allegation that he had inappropriately touched an adult, male student. Messenger denied the charge but nonetheless decided a few weeks later to step down as pastor of the university parish.

While chaplain for over 10 years, Messenger would use the now defunct USC Catholic Community website as a platform to promote his heterodox views.

On the topic of celibacy, for instance, he wrote:

"I, for one, did not choose celibacy. I chose priesthood and accepted celibacy because there was no choice. I do not consider myself to have been free. There was simply no other way to be ordained."

"We must face the truth that celibacy in the diocesan clergy is abnormal. As in any abnormal situation, the individual must seek compensation."

5 Comments:

Blogger John Hearn said...

It tells you all you need to know about the state of the seminaries back when the good Father here passed throug his, that a guy like this could make it through without being washed out.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous little gidding said...

Note that he's speaking in front of a 3HO (American Sikh) flag, hanging on the window. No doubt an "interfaith" service.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous little gidding said...

And strange that his "halo" is rectangular and appears to declare the gospel of pigskin review.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

How about an analogy for Father Bill:

I, for one, did not choose to be shot at. I chose to be a soldier and wanted to shoot at people and accepted being shot at because there was no choice. I do not consider myself to have been free. There was simply no other way to shoot at people.

Loser.

Mike

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay yay yay

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1558063,00.html

good news...

2:52 PM  

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