Get Your Kicks: Father Pavone

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Like many Europeans, I know Amarillo only from the famous song:

Well goes from St. Louie down to Missouri
Oklahoma city looks oh so pretty
You’ll see Amarillo and Gallup, New Mexico
Flagstaff, Arizona don’t forget Winona
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernadino

It would appear that Amarillo is now condemned to a certain sort of popularity for being the theatre of the conflict between Fr Pavone and his bishop, Zurek.

The details still appear unusual: a bishop orders one of his priests to be confined within his diocese, but does not suspend him. He says that he wants to know more about his non-profit activities, but does not accuse him of financial impropriety.  Fr Pavone himself obeys him by confining himself within the Amarillo diocese and stopping his ETWN apparitions (no pun intended), but doesn’t show up when the bishop asks to see him, is clearly planning to be moved to a different diocese and in general seems not to be in best terms with Zurek.

To us, this matter is interesting because of the vast popularity of Pavone and the favour he could summon for the pro-life cause in and outside of the Catholic world. Which is not to say that he is an angel, or clean , or even always appropriate in his behaviour (cue his vicinity to supposed pro-life gay groups; I wonder what he would do with pro-life dog “lovers”).

I truly hope this won’t become another Corapi case (what has happened to the man, by the way? Long-term, I fear the worst; short-term, I fear the worst). A torrid 2012 campaign is approaching, and we need all the pro-life cannons aligned and firing.


Posted on October 14, 2011, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. All the way around this has been handled poorly. I think I am becoming wary of any priest who gets EWTN fame.

    • I wonder whether EWTN is the cause of the corruption, or the cause of the persecution….

      Padre Pio had a worldwide audience (though not in the mediatic way) and this never changed him, though it certainly procured him his share of enemies…


  2. I like EWTN, it was not so much an endictment of them, but rather of the difficulties of fame for a Catholic priest who is not supposed to be acting like a charismatic. More than a few priests who became famous on EWTN have lost their way…

    Father Cutie (EWTN espanol, married a parishioner in miami)
    Father Corapi (No intro needed)
    Father Mary Stone (Married a nun, started the “Life on the Rock” program)
    Father Pavone… although not as bad as the others yet, but whos behavior is still disturbing.

    • Yes Irenaeus,

      I think there will always be a danger in popularity. In a way, being popular seems in contrast with being a priest. Still, I am thankful for so many priests – blogging, and others – who have become popular because they are good priests!


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