What is going on with the MFVA? This religious community of men founded by Mother Angelica seems to have problems holding onto priests who become on-air personalities. First it was Fr. John, who left to marry a divorced woman. Then it was Fr. Augustine, who just dropped off the radar screen. Now Fr. Francis is “discerning his vocation” because he fell in love with a widow? First of all, it appears to me his vocation was “discerned” when the Church ordained him to the priesthood. Case closed. He understood the promise of celibacy that comes with this committment. It was idiotic for one of the friars to read his letter on the air. If he has issues, he should keep them to himself and his superiors. It shows a serious lack of maturity on his part. Instead of being an example for teenagers, he seems to be acting like one himself. It also shows a lack of prudence on the part of the staff at EWTN, who would allow this to go on the air. Who is running the show over there anyway?
I don’t know what kind of community life the friars have, but things like this do not just drop out of the sky. This has probably been a long time coming and the superiors chose to ignore it, instead of acting on it. Pray for the friars that they get their collective act together and for Fr. Francis that he grow up. This is another example of a priest becoming too comfortable in the world, instead of being a witness to the world to come through the ordained priesthood.
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