Father Dana Christensen on priests and bishops needing to man up, now

Father Dana writes his articles using a software program and camera that permits him to “write” with his eyes. He is otherwise immobile in bed, not all that far from death.

He has written a heartfelt, reasoned out, graced cri du cœur to his fellow priests and bishops. Here’s a snippet:

  • “We have come to a point where most of us have lost confidence in our Catholic leadership. Between the lack of transparency on sex abuse, the refusal to acknowledge the problem of homosexuality among the episcopate and Presbyterate, the constant revelations of serious financial corruption at the highest levels of the Church, regular reports of money given to the bishops conference by you and me being used to promote and pay for mortally sinful activities, widespread liturgical abuse, unjust and canonically unlawful restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass and ad orientem worship, and most grievous of all, the doctrinal confusion perpetrated by none other than pope Francis himself, there is nary a faithful soul who has confidence in our leadership. In my experience in listening to the faithful, most are in this camp, even if they don’t say it out loud. The faithful have sadly come to the conclusion that the pope, bishops, and most priests are not coming to save us. I wish they were, and maybe the Lord will intervene, but their actions thus far don’t speak well about how they will act in the future. So, what do we do? Where do we go from here? First a word to my brother priests. The time for fence sitting is over. We have to choose…”

I beseech priests and bishops and laity reading this blog to head over to Father Dana’s deathbed appeal:

Of course, sometimes he can be helped to sit before the Lord Jesus:

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One response to “Father Dana Christensen on priests and bishops needing to man up, now

  1. pelerin

    What a wonderful and moving appeal to the clergy.
    I am privileged to be able to attend Mass celebrated by a most holy Priest. During the period when public Masses were banned many of us were still able to attend each day. It was still legal for churches to remain open for private prayer so our Priest told us that Mass was his private prayer and so ‘Private prayer’ was advertised as such. The lectern was turned round so the Epistle and Gospel were read facing East and as Mass was normally celebrated ad orientem there was no difference there. Many of us took advantage of being able attend Mass in this way and (being in Britain) it felt to me similar to how people must have felt during the persecution when attending Mass in secret was forbidden here. Brave Priests risked their lives once to bring the Sacraments to their flocks and our holy Priest risked perhaps not his life but probably a repremand from the civil authorities if they had realised what was going on. He is a courageous Priest indeed who will not deprive his flock of the Sacraments.

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