Pavone a no-show for meeting with bishop – UPDATED October 14, 2011Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, priests, sadness, scandals.
I’m finding it difficult to find a charitable explanation for this:
Father Frank Pavone failed to show up for an October 13 meeting with Bishop Patrick Zurek of Amarillo.
Bishop Zurek announced on October 6 that he was inviting Father Pavone to meet with him on October 13, exactly one month after he recalled the pro-life leader to Amarillo. The bishop said that he had asked Father Pavone to spend some time in prayer and reflection on his priesthood, and would speak to him about his “spiritual progress” during that period.
“I would welcome a meeting with Father Pavone, face to face, a meeting as his bishop,” Bishop Zurek said. “I am still waiting for a favorable response to that.”
…….“In this case, right now, a real concern for me is Father Pavone.”
Perhaps rightly so. I don’t know why Pavone would not show up to the meeting.
Could be that Bishop Zurek was perfectly correct in everything he said in his letter and in all actions taken thus far. I would say, however, the Priests for Life is much more than just Fr. Frank Pavone.
UPDATE: Pavone says he did not show because Bishop Zurek insisted the meeting be one on one, with no canon lawyer present. Knowing what I know of priests who have been shanghaied in the past, going to such a meeting with a bishop without benefit of counsel can lead to disastrous consequences for the priest. This was really a no-win situation for Pavone. If he shows without a canon lawyer, the bishop could maneuver him into a very difficult position, or even take steps to end his ministry. But by not showing, Pavone now looks uncooperative in the eyes of public opinion.
As I said before, barring some intervention on his behalf by the higher authority of Rome (which almost never happens), Pavone is unlikely to ever have a public role again.