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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That's "alter Christus" not "Christi"ReplyDelete
Thank you. I believe your suggestion is the correct singular form.Delete
I had to laugh when I saw this, because he's not very good. So his dream may be a kind of nightmare for his listeners. I sure wouldn't plunk down a nickel for his songs. But maybe he'll team up with the singing, wiggling nun in a comedy routine. Sometimes things are so pathetic the only thing you can do is laugh and shake your head. At least he's not being invited to give commencement speakers like Judas priests Fr. Tom Reese and Fr. David Hollenbach.ReplyDelete
I thought his performance was very good - it is a beautiful song. Can't we just enjoy it without the condemnation of anyone? As for the priesthood, God must have led Father Kelly to this so perhaps it was meant to be.ReplyDelete
Look at the word you used - "performance". No "performance has any place during Holy Mass. The fact that people "enjoyed" it during Mass is a reflection of their lack of understanding of what Mass truly is. Now let's address the "logic" of your last sentence. Using that logic, can we say that if a man is called to the priesthood and commits sexual abuse, then that abuse was "meant to be"? Your conclusion does not follow the premise.Delete