I am a Roman Catholic priest and religious, and in the past few weeks, I have decided that I am on my way out.
In my time as a cleric and religious (over 10 years), I have had to deal with malfeasance, dishonesty, coverup, and cruelty at almost every turn.
I gave myself generously to the Lord in this Church, and while I have received immense graces, I have received such abuse and opposition that I cannot stay without sustaining irreparable damage to my soul and psyche.
There is, simply put, no safe place, no refuge, in this desperately sick organisation, especially if you have tried to do the right thing in exposing corruption and hypocrisy.
I am convinced that the RCC is absolutely injurious to the mental and spiritual (and sometimes physical) health of individuals loved by God and bought with the infinite price of his most precious Blood.
I pray that this scandal, and the many others which have arisen and will arise in the future, will continue to open the eyes of good clergy and the faithful.
Can this Church be reformed and cleansed? I have no idea; I hope so.
But speaking for myself, I cannot stomach it for a moment longer.
Thank you for communicating your story and your thoughts and feelings to us.
You are not the only priest in this position.
More than ever, with all the scandals etc, many priests ate becoming very disillusioned, not with God and Jesus, but eith the Roman Catholic institution.
It is very evil and souls that are sensitive to evil cannot stay within.
Some say they are staying to change it.
Not a hope!
Jesus Christ, Himself couldn’t change it. It has sold its soul to the world and the Evil One.
You are probably a relatively young man?
I hope you are inspired to channel all your goodness and desire for integrity into something new.
If I, or anyone here at The Oratory, can help you on any eay, please let us know.
FR GAY SLATTERY’S FUNERAL MASS