I see some are attacking @jdflynn & @canonlawyered for breaking the story of a priest who broke his vows.
As a man who had to work with a priest who did this for years, I am grateful. Vow breaking with a willing partner is not a victimless crime; it damages everyone around them.
Sin doesn’t stay locked into one place in the human heart; it grows & consumes, leading to deep, damaging behavior and a trail of spiritual corpses.
I thank God for these two 2 & the work they are doing within the Church. We need good journalism by people who love the Church.
I see the posts asking why it had to be public and I want to respond.
My whole opinion changed on this topic when I lived with a priest who did this sort of thing.
To this day, most people just know he was discreetly removed and that has done tremendous damage.
As priests, we are servants or we are not. We are public people. That works as a blessing some days and it works as a curse on other days.
This is not like adultery, unless the couple was daily giving advice to other couples on marriage.

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22 Jul
My brother priests,
If you are anything like me, your heart has been in a perpetual state of heartbreak for years now.
The crimes of our brothers, the non-criminal & public failures, the relentless condemnations from the crazy left & crazy right… it’s all so very, very much.
We kneel by the dying & hold their hand as they say goodbye.
We comfort their families, absorb their pain & move on.
We sit with those in darkness & try to gently guide them into the light.
We wrestle to hear Gods voice amid the shouting of ideological partisans.
The expectations can be positively soul crushing.
We can get to a point where our inability to be everywhere we are needed is paralyzing.
I beg you: do not despair, do not give up.
Be holy:
The world needs our holiness more than it needs our accomplishments.
Be vulnerable:
Read 5 tweets
21 Jul
I am astounded at the reaction to the data gathering that @PillarCatholic did.
A priest used church money to regularly break his vows while heading up the bishops response to priests guilty of criminal sexual misconduct.
Many of us who have endured Virtus have often commented
on how the program offers information most people already have and seemingly accomplishes nothing except the ability to mitigate liability.
Virtus was and is an example of how the Church is led by people who don’t understand the core problem that led to the crisis.
Priests are public people.
Priests are supposed to be servants.
The fact that we are allowed to freely act like dictators should not take away from the goal- servant.
A man effective at hiding vow breaking behavior should not be protected because of “but privacy!”.
Read 4 tweets
27 May
Okay, let’s do this. We need a dog friends thread.
This is Marius with Hans. They were inseparable.
Hans is with the Lord now.
He belonged to my brother Paul.
This is Marius and his buddy Boris.
He’s much bigger now but Marius took good care of him when he was a puppy.
He belongs to my niece Livia.

@mikeduncan take note
This is Marius and Otis. Otis is the best trained dog I’ve ever encountered and a champion wrestler.
He belongs to my nephew Casey.
Read 4 tweets
26 May
“The Lord is near, do not be anxious about anything”
This is the reminder and the challenge.
My sins & limitations make me anxious;
I simply don’t know how to do it all.
“The Lord is near, do not be anxious about anything”
I fret. I worry.
I worry about my family, the church, our country.
“The Lord is near, do not be anxious about anything”
The devil wants me angry, anxious & afraid.
The marketers of these things fill my life with news of the failings of others, they use Jesus as their excuse, not their cause and
so many good people get swallowed up in the insanity.
“The Lord is near, do not be anxious about anything”
There is much out there calling for my time & attention.
In the midst of it is the gentle,
but persistent voice of The Lord,
calling out too me:
Read 5 tweets
24 May
To my Brother priests,
That tweet from @Bishopoftyler honoring the priest disobeying his Bishop & fighting hard for the theology of the Republican Party absolutely broke my heart.
I’ve learned a lot in almost 22 years as a priest, but few things more important than this:
You can love and serve the bride of Christ as faithfully and diligently as you want, but she will never love you back.
She will spend all of her energy telling priests in trouble that they are valuable and running you into the ground.
It’s heartbreaking.
Today, I left my one day off to drive an hour back simply to be with a woman as she died, To comfort her family and to guide her safely home.
I don’t say this to be honored, I promise.
I say it because I suspect I’m more like you than the priest that Bishop chose to honor today.
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22 Dec 20
Folks, I'd like to take a moment and comment on mask wearing at mass.
I'm in a position as a priest where I hear from a lot of priests and I have to tell you, our madness is damaging our clergy greatly. We have priests who are pushed to the breaking point because of people's
personal convictions about masks.
For me personally, every week, I am sent messages chastising me for not forbidding entrance to people for not wearing masks and I get it.
But, to be clear, I'm also getting angry/hurt messages from peopleabout getting kicked out of a Church or
forbidden entrance to a Church because of a lack of room or mask issues and I get that too.
Do you see the impossible spot your priests are in?
As Pastors, we end up with two choices:
1. Kick people out or forbid them entrance
2. Remind people every week to wear masks and
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