I had written in recent weeks about the mess that Father Ray Kelly of Ireland made of a nuptial Mass. I had thought that was the end of it, but alas, the sad saga continues. You see, he's been offered record deals by both Sony and Universal. And what does Father Kelly say of all this new-found fame and opportunity to make a bundle? Sit down for this!
“It looks like it is going to happen (the record deal). Ninety per cent of people don’t get a break and now, at this stage of my life, it is happening for me. Dreams do come true.”
That's a direct quote, and quite revealing, it seems. Just what "dream" is coming true? Forgive me for being so boring and mundane, but isn't the "dream" of a Catholic priest to save souls and to be an "alter Christi"? I understand that he thinks he's going to remain a priest -but what comes first? Let's look at it another way - what will demand the most of his time? The answer to that question is the answer to the previous question.
I'll now ask another question that I suspect will cause flaming attempts in my combox. While the primary blame for the obscuring of Father's priestly vocation is his, might not some culpability lie with those who thoughtlessly swooned over this priest's abuse of the wedding Mass? I think that's very likely.
Pray for Father. Pray for those who remain bamboozled over Father's performance. Pray that dust be knocked from their eyes and that eternal life with Christ, through His Church be the "dream to come true".
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