His sort of “old soldiers never die” letter to supporters:
“From the founding of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, I have instructed the men how to live the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. One of those vows, obedience, may especially challenge Religious because it is difficult to submit your will to a superior,” Fr. Phillips [said] July 18 [in a statement] to Protect Our Priests, a group formed to support and assist him.
“As you know, the Canons are requested not to have contact with me, which is difficult for them and for me as their Founder. Also, I have been asked by my superior to relocate to St. Louis. I am requested to do this not under formal obedience but willingly in the virtue of obedience. Is this difficult? Yes, it is,” he wrote.
The saints “were always obedient to their superiors, and their examples help to sustain me now,” Fr. Phillips wrote. “We need only look to St. Padre Pio to see the extent of his lived obedience. If I could not or would not listen to my superior, how could I then expect the Canons, as their Founder, to be obedient to their superior?”
He said he is uncertain of what the future holds for him, and that “time will tell” what it holds for the Canons.
The “old soldiers” bit recalls Douglas MacArthur, of course. But how about the most famous letter writer ever, you know, to Romans, Ephesians, Colossians, etc. etc.?
via Catholic World Report
Happier days, before the cardinal in the middle lost his right to practice as a priest.
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago presents the Spirit of Francis Award to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, at an awards dinner on Oct. 27, 2016 in New York. (CNS photo/ courtesy Catholic Extension)
The pope took away the McCarrick faculties.
The cardinal on the left took away those of the Chicago pastor C. Frank Phillips, CR, not shown in photo, and removed him as superior of a religious community of men that he founded based in same parish, St. John Cantius.
McCarrick is in the usual limbo under specific accusation, a wait-and-see situation pending judgment of specialists.
Phillips lost his pastorate AND his leadership of the religious community he founded, both permanently and immediately before adjudication of the not accusation of engaging in “improper conduct” with adult males.
Weeks later the specialists, or review board, found him innocent. Decision or not, the penalty remained in that Phillips had violated unspecified “standards for behavior,” the cardinal’s spokesperson explained.
Mostly via: Catholic World Report
Headline and lede to catch the attention:
Allow me to touch a liturgical third rail: Communion in the hand.
via Crisis Magazine