Wednesday, August 6, 2014
THIS LEFTIST PRIEST RESPECTED HIS SUSPENSION
The following is from Vatican Radio, my comments follow:
Having stepped down from politics some years ago, Fr Brockmann wrote a letter to the Pope, expressing his desire to “celebrate the Holy Eucharist” “before he dies.” Pope Francis responded affirmatively to this request, and has left it to the superior general of the Institute to proceed with the process of reintegrating Fr Brockmann into the priestly ministry.
My comments: This 81 year old leftist priest suspended by Pope St. John Paul II in the early 1980's evidently respected his suspension and did not celebrate any of the sacraments of the Church as a priest although I presume he attended Mass and remained a Maryknoll priest.
Evidently Fr. Brockmann sees the end in sight (the end of his earthly life) and requested that the pope lift his suspension so that he might celebrate mass as a priest once again.
Compare this leftist, politically active priest who disobeyed Pope St. John Paul II's mandate that priests not be officials in various governments and then obeyed his suspension when he disobeyed the pope in this other area to the SSPX bishops and priests who like Fr. Brockmann were, but still are, suspended.
A suspended priest in the Catholic Church cannot celebrate valid Sacraments of Marriage or the Sacrament of Penance. He could, though, illicitly celebrate a valid Mass. I don't think Fr. Brockmann did this. He respected his suspension. The SSPX don't and feign (mock) both the Sacraments of Matrimony and Penance when they attempt to celebrate these in a state of suspension as the feigned or attempted celebrations of these two sacraments are invalid.