Fr. Longenecker on the Bishop Conry scandal

Great post.  Do you think Bishop Conry is a victim?  

Kieran Conry is a master of media manipulation. He’s been the darling of the UK’s left leaning media his whole career, and he’ll have plenty of pals who will jump to his defense. All the ones who are also quick to blame the Catholic Church for whitewashing problems, covering up scandals and spinning stories to their own agenda.

That’s exactly what they’ll do with the Kieran Conry scandal.

Next week we will see that he will be portrayed as the poor victim, the priest in love who was not able to follow his heart and marry the woman of his dreams because of the cruel, old, out dated Catholic Church (bring up sinister organ music and dark shadows)

Then we will hear more about how the Catholic Church should have allowed Kieran to marry the woman he loved. Never mind the fact that had Kieran had the guts he could well have resigned his plummy bishopric, resigned his orders, applied for laicization and got an ordinary job to marry the woman he loved.

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9 Responses to Fr. Longenecker on the Bishop Conry scandal

  1. Simon says:

    Well I say “Good for you Bishop Conry”. Perhaps the Church should take a long and hard look at the expectations it has of its clergy and allow them to be married.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Simon,

      You wrote: Well I say “Good for you Bishop Conry”. Perhaps the Church should take a long and hard look at the expectations it has of its clergy and allow them to be married.

      So you think that adultery and hypocrisy are the hallmark of a good bishop?

      Norm.

      • Simon says:

        I honestly didn’t know it was an adulterous relationship. However, I do believe that the Church should look again at the rule of Celibacy.

      • Foolishness says:

        A lot of married men also cheat on their wives.

      • Rev22:17 says:

        Simon,

        You wrote: However, I do believe that the Church should look again at the rule of Celibacy.

        This is already happening. There is discussion in high places about the option of ordaining married men. The fact that married former Anglican and former Protestant clergy are now ordained in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church have generally received a positive reception from both laity and other clergy clearly alleviates what would have been one of the major concerns four decades ago.

        Practically speaking, a couple practical issues are not exactly insignificant.

        >> 1. Married clergy must receive compensation in one form or another that enables them to provide for their spouses and families. A large number of married clergy would be a financial burden requiring major budgetary realignment in dioceses that are already strapped for cash.

        >> 2. Our rectories were designed for celibate clergy, so the living spaces simply are not configured in a manner appropriate for a married couple with children. The cost of reconfiguring the living spaces would be a burden to many parishes.

        It appears that the Vatican wants the initiative to come from episcopal conferences that have sorted out these issues within their own territories rather than promulgating an immediate change to the universal law.

        To be clear, a change in discipline will be to the practice of the Orthodox Communion and the sui juris ritual churches — that is, of ordaining married men only to the order of presbyter. The episcopacy will remain celibate, at least for the foreseeable future.

        Norm.

  2. William Tighe says:

    In effect, you are saying “hooray for adultery” and “hooray for hypocrisy.”

  3. EPMS says:

    Application for laicization and application for the permission to marry once laicized are two different processes. John Paul II never granted the latter nor did Benedict XVI. So Bp Conry would not have been able to “attempt” marriage without being excommunicated. This may be an obstacle for other would-be members of the Ordinariate who attempted marriage after previously being ordained in the Catholic church. I do not know what Pope Francis’ policy is on this matter.

    • A man ordained Catholic priest who then leaves the Catholic Chuch, marries and becomes an Anglican priest may be permitted to return to the Catholic Church but not as a priest. Pope Francis will not see that any differently from previous popes.

      David Murphy

    • Rev22:17 says:

      EPMS,

      You wrote: Application for laicization and application for the permission to marry once laicized are two different processes.

      I have never heard this before. What is your source?

      My understanding is that laicization carries full dispensation from everything associated with the clerical state, including the obligation of celibacy.

      Norm.

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