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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 05, 2004

Suppose you're the young (ordained 1997) director of vocation formation for the Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee. You're also pastor of St. Stephen's Church in Old Hickory and a member of the board of directors of Catholic Charities of Tennessee. You have $2,000 in your pocket and are inspired to give it away. To whom, or what, do you direct your alms?

(a) To Catholic Charities of Tennessee-- after all, Tennessee has a high rate of children living in poverty.

(b) To the diocese's vocation formation efforts-- for example, by making it possible for Nashville seminarians to attend this summer's Confraternity of Catholic Clergy workshop or Church Teaches Forum.

(c) To John Kerry for President, Inc.

If you're Father Stephen J. Wolf, your answer is (c).

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 09, 2004 1:32 AM ET USA

    It is certainly true that the Sacraments are not voided just because their minister holds his office unworthily. But that does not mean that swine who dishonor the Church and their holy offices are deserving of respect just because they possess a credential. Indeed, unworthy prelates are all the more deserving of religiously-motivated contempt in the hopes that they might be shamed into conversion. If this is going too far, please correct me and tell me why. Benedicite.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 08, 2004 5:47 AM ET USA

    According to the 2003 Official Catholic Directory, there were eight seminarians in Nashville as of January 1, 2003.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 06, 2004 3:38 PM ET USA

    This is quite a shock. After ordination, Fr. Wolf had been assistant pastor at our Cathedral and had seemed very sound. At present, I believe the Diocese of Nashville has no seminarians. If they were to be placed in such hands, I guess it's just as well.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 05, 2004 11:04 PM ET USA

    If that's not the primary mortal sin of 2004, then what could be ? Catch the guy, crate him, and ship to Red China' labor camps.

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