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Friday, 22 July 2016

22 July 2016. Clergy are NOT Immune From Criticism…

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Priests are there are for all of us… that’s why they should NEVER make partisan political posts. NEVER… we do have a right to speak out if it does occur.

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There are those who “demanded” that I take down my post on Fr John Sorochka going over the line in his public support of the fascist Donald Trump. That’s wrong. Priests are NOT immune from public criticism, as they’re OFFICIAL SPOKESMEN of the Church. When he posted his anti-leftist screed, Fr John involved the WHOLE CHURCH, as he’s a senior officer of the Church apparat. Priests must follow different rules than the rest of us do. Is that “fair?” No… but that’s what is. Priests have to watch their every public move and utterance, as what they do and say involves not only themselves, but the entire Church. The Church forbids priests from involving themselves in partisan politics, as it isn’t only against the canons, it’s against the secular law. Churches have tax exemption… an exemption that priests can put in jeopardy by involving themselves in partisan politics.

Whether one likes it or not, priests can’t have private opinions… or, better put, they must have extreme care in publicly airing their private opinions, as they’re not independent actors. If I say something, I’m only speaking for myself. If Fr John speaks, he speaks not only for himself, but for the Church as well. He’d do well to consider any future social media posts. I like the guy… I think that he has character… but he went over the line, and that’s that. Priests are there for all of us… ALL OF US. His post left that in doubt. I won’t remove my post, as it stated a fact and it did so without insulting the guy (you don’t solve things by sweeping things under the rug). He’s one of the good guys. However, our priests are Christ’s priests… not “left” or “right” priests… a fact that I’ll stand by and for.

Shame on you, Fr John. That meme wasn’t kosher…

BMD

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