Letter: Not a happy ending

Joyce Maloney, Bonita Springs

Not a happy ending

Regarding Father Stan Strycharz resigning from the priesthood, as far as I am concerned, Bishop Frank Dewane has won the battle but lost the war!

I think the bishop totally underestimated the number of people who would lose respect for him over his mishandling of Father Stan when he took him away from St. Leo's parish.

In spite of one transgression, Father Stan was the best priest St. Leo ever had, or ever will have. He did so many good things for the parish and the entire community of Bonita Springs. There are many, many people who are still very angry that Father Stan was taken away from the parishioners of St. Leo's and consider it a great loss.

We wish you well, Father Stan. You did not deserve the treatment you got from the Diocese of Venice, and we hope and pray your future will be much brighter.

God bless.

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dano5100 writes:

The former Father Stan disobeyed his Bishop, broke his vow of celibacy and could not account for an enormous amount of the parishioners of St Leo's money. Bishop Dewane has acted properly and in the best interest of the people of St Leo the Great. By attempting to resign three days before his canonical trial was to begin, after complaining all the while of not being able to defend himself, tells the story.

PAREIDOLIA (Inactive) writes:

"GOD BLESS"?

If god "blessed" the priest; then the priest wouldn't have had to resign.

Over and over we see the same thing:
When they hate someone, he can do no right.
When they love someone, he can do no wrong.

Heraclitus writes:

No homosexuals... no heterosexuals... what's left... asexuals? Forced celibacy... sort of like being in prison.

Here's a report from Human Rights watch on male on male rape in U.S. prisons. Read the section on "Sexual Orientation"

http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/priso...#_1_26

Heraclitus writes:

Better yet...

http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/priso...

Scroll down and read the section on Sex, Violence, and Power

dano5100 writes:

in response to Heraclitus:

No homosexuals... no heterosexuals... what's left... asexuals? Forced celibacy... sort of like being in prison.

Here's a report from Human Rights watch on male on male rape in U.S. prisons. Read the section on "Sexual Orientation"

http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/priso...#_1_26

Hericlitus (the former aarrgghh) you know there is not such a thing as forced celibacy in the priesthood. Priests voluntarily take a vow to be celibate when they are ordained. No one is forced to become a priest. Come on, you knew that, right?

dano5100 writes:

in response to PAREIDOLIA:

"GOD BLESS"?

If god "blessed" the priest; then the priest wouldn't have had to resign.

Over and over we see the same thing:
When they hate someone, he can do no right.
When they love someone, he can do no wrong.

Heraclitus writes:

in response to dano5100:

Hericlitus (the former aarrgghh) you know there is not such a thing as forced celibacy in the priesthood. Priests voluntarily take a vow to be celibate when they are ordained. No one is forced to become a priest. Come on, you knew that, right?

You mean that priests don't HAVE TO be celibate? I did not know that.

I thought that a priest had to be celibate for the rest of his life.When I was being taught religion and later theology, the Sacremant of Holy Orders was not considered a temporary vocation that someone followed until a better offer came along. I guess things trea;lly have changed? From the Catholic Encyclopedia:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11279...

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03481...

P.S. Can you refer me to some of this aarrgghh's posts... I'd like to read them.

dano5100 writes:

in response to Heraclitus:

You mean that priests don't HAVE TO be celibate? I did not know that.

I thought that a priest had to be celibate for the rest of his life.When I was being taught religion and later theology, the Sacremant of Holy Orders was not considered a temporary vocation that someone followed until a better offer came along. I guess things trea;lly have changed? From the Catholic Encyclopedia:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11279...

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03481...

P.S. Can you refer me to some of this aarrgghh's posts... I'd like to read them.

Maybe you can clue the former Father Stan in.

PAREIDOLIA (Inactive) writes:

in response to dano5100:

You will enjoy this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk4OCz...

I love the sexualized version of the Virgin Mary.

If she existed at all; she had olive skin, black hair and dark eyes.

Heraclitus writes:

in response to dano5100:

Maybe you can clue the former Father Stan in.

Your words:

"...you know there is not such a thing as forced celibacy in the priesthood. Priests voluntarily take a vow to be celibate when they are ordained..."

Maybe you should clue him in. I'm just glad he's heterosexual. Did you see those articles on male on male rape not being about homosexuality, but being more about power? Interesting, huh?

Heraclitus writes:

in response to dano5100:

Hericlitus (the former aarrgghh) you know there is not such a thing as forced celibacy in the priesthood. Priests voluntarily take a vow to be celibate when they are ordained. No one is forced to become a priest. Come on, you knew that, right?

Dano... I have to thank you...So priests are not required (forced by the heirarchy) to remain celibate? They can break the vow and simply be forgiven like the rest of us? I really didn't know that.

How often can that happen... I guess seventy times seven? Thank God.

Heraclitus writes:

Americans... what is it with their attitudes toward women?

"Vatican Crackdown On Nuns: Are Americans In Rome Behind It?"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05...

Pragmatic1 writes:

As a long lost ex-Catholic, I can remember when I went to Catholic School and the teaching from the Nuns and Priests.

While many may feel the Bishop and the Diocese of Venice were wrong, the bottom line is Father Stan broke a very serious vow of Chastity.

Those who support him should be thankful that at least it was not with a minor male and consider another branch of the Christian Church that allows for Married or normal, heterosexual Priests.

dano5100 writes:

in response to Pragmatic1:

As a long lost ex-Catholic, I can remember when I went to Catholic School and the teaching from the Nuns and Priests.

While many may feel the Bishop and the Diocese of Venice were wrong, the bottom line is Father Stan broke a very serious vow of Chastity.

Those who support him should be thankful that at least it was not with a minor male and consider another branch of the Christian Church that allows for Married or normal, heterosexual Priests.

I'd say "lost" is an accurate description.

dano5100 writes:

in response to Heraclitus:

No homosexuals... no heterosexuals... what's left... asexuals? Forced celibacy... sort of like being in prison.

Here's a report from Human Rights watch on male on male rape in U.S. prisons. Read the section on "Sexual Orientation"

http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/priso...#_1_26

I think I'll pass on reading about male on male sex, but you go ahead, enjoy yourself.

dano5100 writes:

in response to Heraclitus:

Americans... what is it with their attitudes toward women?

"Vatican Crackdown On Nuns: Are Americans In Rome Behind It?"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05...

Heraclitus writes:

Interesting, impartial website... thanks. I've got it saved.

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