John Paul II

A priest's challenge

A priest's challenge

As a Catholic parish priest, people generally respond to me in two, disparate ways.

Recently, I went to a family’s home in rural Pennsylvania and had a great meal. I shot skeet with them, toured and blessed their farmland, and prayed the rosary in tranquility. The large family was warm and supportive.

Another time, I approached and greeted a different family in my town, in my priest collar, and a young woman in the group began screaming at me and talking about the devil. Her mother said that she was once abused by a priest years ago. I tried to offer some help and solace; the mother was gracious, and we all moved on.

Wisdom — to borrow (and bend) a statement by F....

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