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Fr. Fitzgerald (Servants of the Paraclete founder)

By Jeff (articles ) | Apr 26, 2003

The late Fr. John Hardon, S.J., wrote A Prophet for the Priesthood, a biography of Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald, the founder of the Servants of the Paraclete (referred to in Fr. Mankowski's post earlier today). The book is available from Eternal Life.

According to this review of the biography, Fr. Fitzgerald believed that "prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is critical for every priest. Sincere devotion to Our Blessed Lady isnt optional but obligatory. And, priests, deacons, consecrated religious and laity are to have a deep love for the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, which is still very much present in the world today by means of the Most Holy Eucharist."

Because many bishops relied upon the judgment of the Servants of the Paraclete in dealing with abusive priests, the development of the scandal in the United States will be better understood when the history of the order is written, when it's better understood how Fr. Fitzgerald's sensible ideas came to be rejected. A brief history of the order appears on the Servants' Web site.

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