Bad calls

Bad calls

This is weird stuff. A priest in Florida is charged with making obscene phone calls. He says it was intended as a joke and that he was “under the influence of medication.” Now the article calls him a “helper” priest and says the Diocese of Orlando has asked him to leave. That tells me that he must be a priest from another diocese who was probably removed from ministry from some reason, medical or otherwise. It sounds like he isn’t all that stable.

On the other hand, although I don’t know what he actually said to the woman on the phone, it sounds like there was a bit of overreaction. Yes, the diocese should look into getting him help, but he’s really the responsibility of his home diocese. And is this enough to get a priest permanently removed from ministry? Maybe now that there’s a criminal complaint there is.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli