Thursday, January 24, 2008

Rent A Priest and St. Rose of Lima

Recently, I was doing some reading and came across a website called “Rent-A-Priest.” (I kid you not.) Their basic issue “schtick” is that the Church should move to allow married priests.

The site lists information about former Catholic priests (married) who will do various services (marriages, baptisms, etc.) for you, as they like to call it, in the “Roman Catholic tradition.” Now, there are a number of issues I have with this group, especially with how they present themselves – it is very easy for someone to get fooled by this group -- but that is for another time.

What I found really amazing is that one of the members of the Board of Directors of Rent A Priest (Sandy Dowling) is
an active member of St. Rose of Lima Parish (Gaithersburg, MD).

Now, we all know that Rent A Priest is not faithful to the Church but if this is true, and I have no reason to suspect otherwise since the site is updated on a regular basis, what the heck is she doing leading one of the “small faith communities?” What message is she spreading? What message does it send to those of us who try to remain faithful to the message of the Church?


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