Paul Mankowski, S.J.—Tames in Clerical Life
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“The paradoxical truth is that tames are more effective agents of the gay agenda than gays themselves... The tame commitment to the noncommittal is the engine that powers gay progress in the Church.”
Fr. Paul Mankowski, a Jesuit of the Midwest province and former contributor to CatholicCulture.org, passed away suddenly last year at the age of 66. At the time, we released an audiobook recording of “What Went Wrong?” a 2003 address to the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, in which Fr. Mankowski presents an excellent analysis of how the Catholic clerical sexual abuse crisis occurred. It has since gone on to become one of our most popular audiobook episodes.
Fr. Mankowkski’s words, in fact, often read as if they were written just yesterday. That was certainly the case with his address on “What Went Wrong”, as it is with this description of the phenomenon of “the tame priest”, written in 1996. If you have looked with increasing bewilderment and frustration at the action—or, better put, inaction—of members of the Church’s clergy, especially among our bishops, then “Tames in Clerical Life” just may shed new light on the problem.
“Tames in Clerical Life” full text at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/userfiles/files/Tames.pdf
“What Went Wrong?” on Catholic Culture Audiobooks: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/fr-paul-mankowski-what-went-wrong/
Phil Lawler Tribute to Fr. Mankowski: https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/farewell-uncle-di-father-paul-mankowski-rip/
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