7:34p: Priests for Life has issued a statement entitled, “Diocese of Amarillo Issues Clarification Affirming Fr. Frank Pavone’s Good Standing and Character,” in conjunction with the letter below.

7:15p: A friend told me I’d soon eat the “I’ve got to move on” words in my previous post, because the Father Pavone issue is exploding.

But I didn’t know it would be so quickly.

The Diocese of Amarillo has released a letter attempting to exonerate Father Pavone of financial malfeasance and character flaws unbecoming a priest. Click to enlarge…

I’m thinking Monsignor Waldow is probably pretty ticked right about now at Bishop Zurek for conveniently timing the drop of his bombshell letter to the bishops with his vacation.

Monsignor Waldow has quite a mess to clean up. And although he tries valiantly in the aforementioned letter, he cannot undo the scorching words Bishop Zurek (pictured right) wrote, which stand in contradiction to Monsignor Waldow’s palliative attempt. To refresh…

“… deep concerns regarding his stewardship of the finances of… PFL…”

“These financial questions and concerns have persisted with no clear and adequate answers…”

“I have reasons to be alarmed at the potential financial scandal…”

“… incorrigible defiance to my legitimate authority…”

“…rebuff my every attempt at calling for financial transparency…”

“Father Pavone has gradually lost his need to show appropriate obedience to his Bishop…”

“… his fame has caused him to see priestly obedience as an inconvenience to his unique status…”

“… the supreme importance that he has attributed to his PFL ministry and the reductionist attitude toward the diocesan priesthood has inflated his ego with a sense of self-importance and self-determination…”

It is becoming apparent that Bishop Zurek grossly blundered. IMO he felt threatened by FP and let his insecurity and ego get the best of him.

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