Loading
Fr. Pavone refuses meeting with Bishop Zurek, requests mediator
Fr. Frank Pavone and Bishop Patrick Zurek
Fr. Frank Pavone and Bishop Patrick Zurek
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The Diocese of Amarillo confirmed to CNA that despite an invitation from Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, Fr. Frank Pavone did not meet with him on Oct. 13 and has instead asked for mediation.

“I advised Father Frank not to have this private meeting until the process of mediation is underway,” Father David Deibel, canon lawyer for Fr. Pavone and Priests for Life, said in an Oct. 14 statement.

“All of us want this entire process to be carried out in private rather than through the media.”

On Oct. 6, Bishop Zurek had invited Fr. Pavone to come to his office and explained that his actions in the situation are tied to his pastoral concern for the national director of Priests for Life.

His invitation to meet privately with Fr. Pavone was the latest move after he called the priest back to the Amarillo diocese from his pro-life ministry in New York state.

The Amarillo Globe-News reported, however, that by 5 p.m. Thursday—diocesan office closing time—Fr. Pavone had failed to arrive.

“I would welcome a meeting with Father Pavone, face to face, a meeting as his bishop,” Bishop Zurek told the Globe-News. “I am still waiting for a favorable response to that.”

On the afternoon of Oct. 14, Fr. Pavone tweeted a link to a statement from Fr. Deibel, who said he advised Fr. Pavone to not meet with Bishop Zurek because the bishop has allegedly not responded to requests for mediation.

“The details and history of the present situation are such that moving forward to a resolution is no longer simply a matter of getting together and talking,” Fr. Deibel said.

“Several Church officials have made it clear that they believe mediation is necessary, and that they are willing to undertake a role as mediators,” he added. “Unfortunately, Bishop Zurek has not responded to or even acknowledged any of these requests.”

Fr. Deibel also accused Bishop Zurek of asking to meet one-on-one with Fr. Pavone and telling the priest to not write or speak of the meeting publicly.

“Then, the next day, before Father Frank even had an opportunity to respond, the bishop announced the meeting on the front page of the website of the Amarillo diocese,” Fr. Deibel said.

A response to the statement by Fr. Deibel from the diocese has not yet been issued.

The situation involving Fr. Pavone and his ministry with Priests for Life first became public when Bishop Zurek's issued a strongly-worded letter to his fellow bishops on Sept. 9. The bishop said in the letter that he had suspended Fr. Pavone from public ministry outside the diocese, beginning Sept. 13.

He cited “deep concerns regarding his stewardship of the finances of the Priests for Life (PFL) organization.”

After the bishop’s suspension became public, Fr. Pavone produced professional audits of Priests for Life for the years 2005-2010, which he said were sent to the diocese every year. While the organization did well in previous years, Priests for Life ran a $1.4 million deficit in 2010.

Meanwhile, Fr. Pavone is appealing his suspension from active ministry outside the diocese to the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy and is denying charges that he disobeyed the bishop and failed to have Priests for Life audited.

Bishop Zurek clarified in an Oct. 6 statement that ultimately, he wants “what is best for all organizations that support and promote those teachings that come from the heart of the Catholic Church on the dignity and gift of human life.”

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
Dec
18

Liturgical Calendar

December 18, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Gospel
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 23: 5-8
Gospel:: Mt 1: 18-25

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
12/15/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Homily
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14