Quis custodiet...

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 13, 2005

Father Robert Templeton, a priest of the Newark archdiocese, has told friends that he is leaving priestly ministry, because it conflicts with his homosexual lifestyle.

This announcement would be sad, but not particularly newsworthy, except that Father Templeton:

  • Had recently been tapped by Archbishop John Myers to receive the title of Monsignor
  • Was once the secretary to then-Archbishop Theodore McCarrick,
  • and
  • Was serving as executive director for the archdiocesan office of priestly personnel.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 15, 2005 11:47 AM ET USA

    "No man can serve two masters." Templeton has made his choice. Pray for him.

  • Posted by: shrink - Jun. 14, 2005 11:27 AM ET USA

    "... it conflicts with his homosexual lifestyle." And when did he first notice this?

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jun. 14, 2005 12:51 AM ET USA

    jchrysostom, son of Mary, Leo13: Rather than applauding Fr. Templeton's "honest" decision to place his own gravely sinful "lifestyle" above the priesthood, would you pray for his conversion, for him to join the Church & publicly declare that his "lifestyle" is gravely disordered & for him to have the courage & humility to realize that God has already called him to be His priest, to leave all to follow Him... for Jesus & His Church. Maybe the bishops will work on this, too. Jesus, help us.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jun. 13, 2005 10:41 PM ET USA

    is there a network? will it soon unravel? will it be converted? will it fall from power? will Rome pitch in? did Rome know? does Rome know now? does the prob extend to the Curia? is this prob only in N. America? Europe?

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Jun. 13, 2005 7:41 PM ET USA

    wow! We need a reform. God send us another Francis, Dominic, Ignatius, to go along with Benedict.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 13, 2005 7:13 PM ET USA

    Please; others like Templeton leave the priesthood? Sorry! Do you really think that homos who don't have anything else going for them, who have their own huge houses and virtually unlimited access to funds for re-decorating and entertaining might give it all up because they have a sudden attack of integrity? You must be joking.... BTW, who wants to bet that Templeton is either on the verge of being "outed" or has finally landed a sugar daddy and doesn't need the diocese's money any more?

  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Jun. 13, 2005 4:08 PM ET USA

    personally, i like leadership by example. perhaps the former father templeton's example will lead others to follow him. similarly, did any of michael rose's interviewees ever return to the seminary?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 13, 2005 1:20 PM ET USA

    At least he has the integrity to tell the truth about himself. What about all the others who are living a lie.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jun. 13, 2005 1:09 PM ET USA

    Indeed, Diogenes, who is keeping watch? We just read Sunday in Matthew 9-10 of Jesus founding the Church on the Apostles. These men today, Myers, McCarrick, etc. are successors to the Apostles. How can these successors to the Apostles falter? Answer: They get in the way of He Who is The Way, Jesus Christ. They get in the way of His Church, the Church that they are entrusted to lead & guide with the mind & heart of The Shepherd. Jesus, have mercy on us. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 13, 2005 12:54 PM ET USA

    The late father's assignment history doesn't make his sad story all that newsworthy either, since homosexuals dominate or predominate the priesthood and can thus be expected to have occupied these sorts of postions (particularly where McCarrick is concerned). No, Uncle D, what makes it newsworthy indeed is that "Father Bob" found any conflict b/n his depravities and his vows as a priest. Now he can go out and get a real job, say, serving in Catholic Charities or teaching at a parochial school.