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A Catholic priest who joined Archbishop Viganò’s call for Pope Francis’ resignation over the McCarrick sex abuse scandal has been ordered by his bishop to take down his popular blog and to refrain from commenting about child sex abuse on social media.
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington and a prominent Roman Catholic voice in international and public policy, was removed from ministry after an investigation found credible allegations that he sexually abused novice priests.
Fr. Mark White used his blog to spotlight the uselessness of the Church in dealing with the sexual abuse scandal; especially regarding the Church’s handling of the McCarrick revelations. The priest was, at times, critical of Pope Francis, and sometimes used inappropriate language when pointing out the incompetence as well as the cover-up he witnessed in the Church’s hierarchy.
Bishop Barry Knestout and Vicar General Michael Boehling showed up suddenly as the priest’s noon Mass concluded at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
Fr. White said that during the twenty-minute meeting, Bishop Knestout ‘ordered me, in no uncertain terms, to keep silent. To remove my blog from circulation entirely and to publish nothing further, not even my Sunday homilies.’
In that same meeting, White said Knestout ‘sternly threatened to remove me as pastor here if I did not silence myself.’
Fr. White told LifeSiteNews that he ‘never wanted to become some kind of martyr for free speech in the Church. I believe in the Church. I’m not really a rebel, but by the same token, the unanswered questions and the lack of openness that I’ve been writing about are real, and so this kind of strife is inevitable until we get some kind of honesty.’
In one of his blog postings, Fr. White wrote, ‘If the full truth about McCarrick does not come out, then how will any of us who have been touched by his ministry recover?’
Joseph Graf, a member of St. Francis of Assisi’s parish council, said that Father White ‘asked the three essential questions that every bishop, every priest and every Catholic should ask themselves, namely: What do you know? When did you know it? And what did you do about it?’
Father White says, ‘The desire of many bishops to silence people, especially a priest like Father Mark, is part of what led to such an abomination within the Catholic Church,’ he said. ‘Sweeping any of it under the rug will lead to future abuses. The conversation is necessary for healing within the church to occur.’ Like this story? Share it with others.
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