"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
Update on Fr. Matthew Despard: No Plans for Suspension
Fr. Matthew Despard
Thanks to “Witness” blog for an
update on Fr. Matthew Despard, the priest who wrote the book “Priesthood inCrisis”, in which he alleges that there have been decades of homosexual abuse
and bullying of seminarians and priests, and then complaints about the problem
have been ignored throughout that time period. (See my previous post.) [See also yet another good summary of the Fr. Despard story at Witness.]
Apparently, any plans to suspend Fr. Despard because of the
allegations contained in his book – plans which the diocese had denied anyway,
have been abandoned.
Joseph Devine, Bishop of
Motherwell, issued a notice this week stating no action would be taken against
Father Matthew Despard, who has alleged sexual misconduct has been rife for
decades in junior seminaries where teenagers train for the priesthood.
A Church source said: “Matthew
Despard had all the aces. His take on it has been ‘let them come for me’.
“No-one will sue him because
they won’t want a can of worms opened. Secondly, what will they sue him for?
They’ve silenced him for now, which they might think is sanction enough. But,
the book is still out there.
“They’re terrified this will
blow-up further. There are people mentioned in Despard’s book Joe Devine will
not want to have dragged into any inquiry…”
On the “Witness” blog post, author Montfort concludes:
Now, I ask: Bishop Devine, when
will you begin to investigate the "gay mafia" and take action against
it to protect the purity and sanctity of the priesthood and the church in
Scotland. Let us be honest, the diocese is continuing a COVER-UP.
Of course, a bishop could begin an investigation without
telling the general public. Still, if Fr. Despard is not being sanctioned, is
the Diocese of Motherwell then saying that his allegations are true, at least
in part? And since the information in Fr. Despard’s book is now public
knowledge, a statement that the allegations were being investigated would
certainly seem to be warranted.
We all know there is a problem in the Church with homosexual
behavior. There is too much evidence available to deny it. Even if there were
no homosexual behavior occurring in amongst the clergy, there are priests and
bishops who speak out in favor of “gay marriage”, or who condone homosexual
behavior by allowing “gay” Masses, or allowing their parishes to participate in
“Gay Pride” events. With the advances being made by the homosexualist political
agenda, it seems the time is well past for the
Church to speak strongly and unequivocally on the moral evil of