Fr Frank the widower priest, what in Sam Hill is going on here?

Fr Frank the widower priest, what in Sam Hill is going on here?

The Boston Globe calls this “a story of bedrock faith and a priestly calling”:
After leaving the priesthood for love, a return to the altar:

Frank Daly left the priesthood to get married in 1978. After his wife died two years ago, he was allowed to resume his calling.

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Father Daly was greeted after he celebrated [second “first”] Mass at South Boston’s Gate of Heaven Church.

[An example of the “viri probati” that FrankenPope wants for his married priesthood?]

Posted by TTC [The Tenth Crusade] on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Frank Daly took his first oath of fidelity as a priest when he was 25. While he was a priest, he had an affair with an ex-nun. He sought permission to leave the priesthood and was declined. While still a priest, he married the nun “in a civil ceremony”, incurring a sentence of latae sententiae. The first oath of fidelity was so meaningless to him, he not only had an affair, he chose a perpetual state of mortal sin and incurring a sentence of excommunication over it.

Can anyone tell me how a person with this kind of sexual history as a priest, such reckless disregard for his oath and Sacraments, his own salvation and the salvation of a woman he claims to love, pass psychological and spiritual testing that is supposed to be in place for entry into the priesthood?

What is going on?

I know several priests who had consensual sexual relationships with a woman and Cardinal Sean removed them from the priesthood.

They were accused of a form of sexual abuse and abuse of power. They were caricatured as sexual predators and tossed into the street.

I was personally appalled at the time and had hoped the priests would be sent for spiritual renewal and carefully mentored upon re-entry. But Cardinal Sean would not budge from his conviction they were irredeemable sexual predators.

Suddenly, priests having sex with women is not an impediment to restoration of faculties?

I doubt priests who were removed by Cardinal Sean for the same conduct will be offered restoration.

Why would Cardinal Sean contradict his own caricature of having sex with a woman while a priest, administer a second oath of fidelity and rush him through the seminary?

I suspect this case was canonically sanitized to make newspaper headlines about married priests. Fr Frank had been referring to himself as a married priest and in the context of being used as a poster boy for progressive changes in the Church before he was rushed through the seminary.

A word to the wise in the Chancery: I’d keep those seahags swooning over him in the pictures with the story at arms length.

Comment: Anonymous said…

Not strange at all.
1) By having a sexual relationship with a woman, it is assumed that he is not homosexual/child molester.
2) The clerical state of Catholic Church is so desperate for bodies, that they will ordain anything with a pulse.
3) The days of St. Thomas Aquinas/St. Dominic greatness, in the priesthood, are only a dim memory.

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