Today being Priesthood Sunday I would like to once again thank the
wonderful and holy priests that I have known. I have written
before about my pastor Antonio Leon and Father Keene. We have
a new assistant pastor that I am also quite impressed with.
Fr. Ed Murphy gives wonderful homilies and is not afraid to
bring up the topics of abortion and contraception. In the
short time he has been at my parish he has started a Courage Chapter
and a Tuesday night class in apologetics. We have been quite
blessed with good and holy priests at my parish including Fr. Powers
who ran the RCIA class I attended before moving to another parish.
In another parish I sometimes attend they now have a new pastor who
took over this month. He is originally from Poland and is an
organist with a degree in music. I heard that he wanted to
have the organ in the parish fixed since it hasn’t been used in years.
The previous Pastor, Fr. Sullivan I must admit use to drive me crazy.
This parish use to have a convenient evening daily Mass until they got
rid of it so I heard a lot of Fr. Sullivan. He could
certainly be described as a man of the left, but for the most part he
kept these leanings out of the homilies. What use to so annoy
me is that he would deliver his homilies by leaving the sanctuary and
coming out a good distance into the pews. While giving the homily he
would swing his robe belt constantly in a circle which was quite
distracting. Once on Ash Wednesday he described how he forgot
about the fast and had cooked up a pot of chili with meat for a class
he was giving that night. He then said he cooked some more
chili and would label them liberal chili and conservative chili.
On the Sunday after Josef Ratzinger was elected Pope he gave
a rambling homily that fully showed all of his progressive leanings.
He described his election like being in a car wreck –
something you just had to accept and to get use to. He then
rambled about divorce and remarriage and homosexual marriage.
Now you might be wondering what a rant against a priest in a post about
Priesthood Sunday is doing here. Like I said Fr. Sullivan use
to drive me crazy with his constant irreverence, but he also had quite
some good things to say in his homilies and there are quite a few
things from his homilies I still remember that were quite good.
Some time ago I also started to pray for him as I try to do
for the priests of the parishes I attend. A couple of months
ago I was surprised to find how my attitude had changed towards Fr.
Sullivan. Before seeing him with his idiosyncrasies and casual
treatment of the Mass could cause me to get rather heated inside, but
instead I started to become more aware of the positive things that he
did and the negative ones made less of an impression on me or I could
more easily ignore. He is now retired after 80 years of
service to the Church with several of them as a missionary in Korea.