How does somebody (especially a Catholic bishop) get “temporarily” suspended?


The pope has suspended the bishop of Limburg for the immediate future. The German cleric was temporarily relieved of his post in the wake of a scandal involving a 31-million-euro ($42 million) renovation project.

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Editor’s note: Was this bishop some sort of ideologue – or worse yet – a traditionalist? Or, did he simply put his trust in collegiality and cash – instead of Jesus Christ? Perhaps this is some sort of retribution against German Cardinal Ratzinger for his recent criticism of some of Pope Frances’ recent decisions?  Will Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst now be required to operate from a hotel room, cook his own meals, share his lodging with a Jewish rabbi and drive a 1984 Volkswagen Beetle, while feigning abject humility? Why didn’t Cardinal Mahoney get suspended for wasting $660 million of church funds on abuse settlements? Is this just politics? Is the Pope Catholic? Watch this space for further developments!

Perhaps Bishop Zurek could be invited to appear on EWTN to explain the rationale behind Father Pavone’s “suspension”.

In addition to suspending Pavone from ministry outside Amarillo, (bishop) Zurek has prohibited the activist priest from appearing on the Eternal Word Television Network, available to more than 160 million households worldwide. The independent nonprofit Catholic network based in Alabama is one of Pavone’s primary vehicles for spreading his pro-life message.

The bishop, Pavone’s backers say, has effectively muzzled one of the movement’s most recognized voices.

Zurek “has taken one of the most staunch pro-life leaders, one of the most effective ones, out of the battle and shut down his organization,” abortion foe and Pavone ally Mark Crutcher said on a recorded talk show uploaded to YouTube last week. “You can sugar coat it all you want to, but that’s what’s happening, and it’s outrageous.”


Bishop Zurek back in town. Father Pavone still “suspended”.

From the Diocese of Amarillo website:

Letter from Bishop Zurek:

Father Frank Pavone remains suspended. At my discretion and solicitude, he has faculties for ministry in the Diocese of Amarillo. He does not have my permission for ministry outside of the Diocese. He is to remain in the Diocese for an indefinite period of time for prayer and reflection.


Editor’s note: I’m beginning to see the reasons why Bishop Zurek has been assigned to one of the smallest and most out of the way Catholic dioceses in the country.

U.S. abortionists wantonly slaughter the equivalent of the entire population of the Diocese of Amarillo (50,000 souls) about every two weeks!

Perhaps Pope Benedict could summon the good bishop to the Vatican for some prayer and reflection of his own, regarding the critical need for strong, Catholic leadership in the struggle against the world-wide culture of death!

Definition of solicitude:
a: The state of being concerned and anxious b : attentive care and protectiveness; also : an attitude of earnest concern or attention.

More on the Corapi affair: That “Black Sheep Dog” just might turn out to be a fox.

by Doug Lawrence

One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to realize that the only real power anyone (including the Catholic Church) had over John Corapi was the suspension of his priestly faculties … and once Corapi decided to simply “walk away” … that power was effectively nullified.

Looking to the future, it is also logical (taking John at his word) to assume that his civil suit will successfully prevail, resulting in a retraction of all the allegations against him.

At that point, there will be nothing for the Church to investigate. Then, Corapi and the Church can move towards some type of positive reconciliation/repatriation.

All will appear together, suitably somber and contrite, appropriate sums of money will change hands, and Father John’s priestly suspension will be summarily lifted.

If the sums are large enough, his following loyal enough, and his public relations efforts strong enough, Father John Corapi might even be able to keep living and working on his own. (There is existing Church precedent for all of this.)

In the mean time, The Black Sheep Dog” will shortly have a new book to sell … and as they say, “You just can’t buy publicity like this!”

Father Corapi quits the Catholic priesthood. Starts new ministry outside the church.

eight and one-half minute long
You Tube video statement
says it all.

The new John Corapi website

The new facebook page

The old facebook page

A complete summary
of all the Father Corapi articles posted,

Editor’s note: ???????!

Jesus wasn’t female – so there are no female Catholic priests. Jesus wasn’t homosexual – so there are no … oops!

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has placed a Menlo Park pastor on leave for “a boundary violation” after he admitted to following a 17-year-old boy into a clothing store dressing room, prompting a police investigation.

Although police later determined no crime had been committed in the April 19 incident at a Ross Dress For Less store in San Francisco, archdiocesan officials told the press that Fr. William Myers, pastor of St. Raymond Church in Menlo Park since 2007, has been suspended while the archdiocese’s Independent Review Board considers the case.

Fr. Myers is also undergoing treatment for “sexual addiction,” archdiocesan officials said.


Pfleger delivers ultimatum (yawn).

The Rev. Michael Pfleger said Tuesday in a meeting with parishioners that if he is not reinstated as pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church by this weekend, he will begin to preach at other churches.


Statement: Immaculate Heart Radio temporarily suspends Father Corapi programming.

You may have heard recently that Father John Corapi has been placed on ‘administrative leave’ from his ministry, due to allegations made by a former employee. We at Immaculate Heart Radio have been monitoring this situation very closely from the beginning, and have corresponded with episcopal advisors, canon lawyers, and directly with Fr. Corapi and believe that Father Corapi is innocent of these charges, until proven otherwise. It is our hope and prayer this investigation will be concluded quickly and positively.

Recently, Fr. Corapi told me, that he thinks it would be best for us to temporarily suspend his programming until this matter is resolved. This advice is also consistent with current counsel that we have received from some of our episcopal advisors, and so we have decided to suspend his programming for now.

Fr. Corapi also told me how much he appreciates the support and prayers of our listeners and he fully expects to be exonerated of these allegations. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

– Doug Sherman, President of Immaculate Heart Radio


Michelle Malkin: Pfleger … finally!

News out of the Windy City tonight: Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has at long last suspended prog nutball Rev. Michael Pfleger.

Pardon my language, but it’s about damned time.

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The Mass of Holy Thursday: Consecrating an additional host, and the stripping of the altars.

Another rite, peculiar to today, is the Priest’s consecrating two Hosts during the Mass.

One of these he receives in Communion; the other he reserves, and reverently places it in a Chalice, which he covers with a veil. The reason of this is, that, tomorrow, the Church suspends the daily Sacrifice.

Such is the impression produced by the anniversary of our Saviour’s Death, that the Church dares not to renew, upon her Altars, the immolation which was then offered on Calvary: or rather, her renewal of it will be by the fixing all her thoughts on the terrible scene of that Friday Noon. The Host reserved from today’s Mass, will be her morrow’s participation.

This rite is called the Mass of the Presanctified, because, in it, the Priest does not consecrate, but only receives the Host consecrated on the previous day. Formerly, as we shall explain more fully further on, the holy Sacrifice was not offered up on Holy Saturday, and yet the Mass of the Presanctified was not celebrated, as it was on the Friday.

As soon as Vespers are over, the Celebrant returns to the Sanctuary, assisted by the Deacon and Subdeacon. He goes to the altar, and takes off the cloths and ornaments. This ceremony signifies the suspension of the Holy Sacrifice. The altar should be left in this denuded state, until the daily offering can again be presented to the Divine Majesty…. He is now in the hands of his enemies.. who are about to strip him of his garments, just as we strip the Altar. He is to be exposed naked to the insults of the rabble…

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A complete summary of all the Father Corapi articles posted, to-date.

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Accused Father John Corapi: Open, public scandal … or a simple employee/employer dispute?

By Doug Lawrence

As the dust begins to settle from the recent Father Corapi allegations, I can’t help thinking that his suspension from priestly ministry was not only hasty, but also unwarranted.

What we have here appears to be more like a typical employee/employer dispute.

In such cases, it would be very, very rare for the affected “business” to be shut down, while necessary inquiries are made. But this is essentially what happened to Father Corapi, when his superior arbitrarily decided to suspend him from ministry.

Of course, Father Corapi’s ministry … and his business … are rather unusual … since few, if any Catholic priests operate as he does.

One would not normally expect the superior of a religious order to have to consider “business consequences” in his deliberations, but the simple fact is … “Father Corapi Inc.” … constitutes a major business enterprise that regularly serves the spiritual needs of thousands and thousands of good, faithful people, all around the world. And right now, many of those souls (especially the ones holding tickets for the long anticipated … now canceled … De Kalb, Illinois speaking engagement) are very, very hurt and upset.

I can’t help thinking that this could have been handled differently … and in a much better way.

It also makes me wonder if the apostle’s first response to the descent of the Holy Spirit, at Pentecost … was to cover their asses! (Please excuse the unavoidable crudeness.)

Complete summary of all Father Corapi articles to-date

Sorry Lucinda … you’re no Galileo.

An artist who had planned to create a sculpture from DVDs send out by Minnesota’s Catholic bishops said she was suspended from her position as the Basilica of St. Mary’s artist in residence. Lucinda Nayor’s project will take anti-gay marriage DVDs sent out to Catholics in advance of the November election and create a message of “creativity and hope.” While Naylor faces a setback at the basilica, she got a boost on Monday when other groups including one called Return The DVD, joined up with her project.

Naylor doesn’t want to dwell on the suspension from a position she’s held at the downtown Minneapolis basilica for 15 years, but says attention to it could help with her project. “It will draw more attention to the DVD to art project,” she told the Minnesota Independent on Sunday.

“Disappointed as I am by my suspension, I do not want to overly focus on it,” she wrote on her blog. “My primary focus remains on making a great piece of art.”

She said she was “startled and humbled to find that I join the ranks of people before me who been silenced or ousted one by one for disagreeing with the church.”

She added, “Maybe in 500 years, I, like Galileo, will get my suspension lifted.”


Is it possible to be a Catholic “knight” who favors not the protection, but the extermination of the helpless unborn? Evidently, yes.

The national directive from K of C leadership, warning local councils that they cannot suspend the membership of abortion supporters, is couched in neutral language, suggesting that any such move to oust a member must be approved at the very top levels of the fraternal order. But are the top leaders of the K of C ready to take action? To the best of my knowledge they have never yet ousted a member because of his support for abortion. If the local councils are forbidden to act, and the national leadership is unwilling to act, then the disgrace will continue: prominent men who support the killing of the unborn will be allowed to parade around in the guise of Catholic knighthood.

In his attempt to justify this policy of inaction, Supreme Advocate John Marrella writes: “If the public figure’s bishop has not excommunicated him for his public positions on issues relating to matters of faith and morals, it would be highly inappropriate for the Knights of Columbus to do so.” [The full text of the Marrella letter to the Massachusetts K of C leadership can be found below.]

Well, yes. It would be “highly inappropriate” for the Knights of Columbus to excommunicate a member. It would also be impossible.

The Knights do not have the authority to deprive their members of the sacraments, nor is anyone suggesting that they should do so. What some K of C members do suggest is that pro-abortion politicians should be deprived of the privileges of membership in a private fraternal organization.

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