Today, our president Joe Maher, received two urgent pleas for immediate assistance from Fr. James and from Fr. Francis. Fr. Francis just returned home after a three week emergency stay in the hospital. His cupboards are bare and he is requesting $450 for food and medicine. Fr. James needs $500 for car repairs in order to return to work on Tuesday. Both of these men were directed to Opus Bono by their brother priests who have helped them as much as they can financially.
They have no one else to turn to, but to us!
I ask you out of the kindness of your heart and your great love for the Catholic priesthood to please make a donation so that we can assist these men. As always, I am only writing to you now because our hearts are broken that we do not have the funds available in our account at this time to help them. With over 1,000 priests needing our assistance on a regular basis, it is impossible to give Fr. James and Fr. Francis what they need to survive without your financial support.
Please, please consider making a contribution on-line today at our website: http://www.opusbono.org/donate.html
Or by mail at Opus Bono Sacerdotii, P.O. Box 663, Oxford, MI 48371. Making a donation on-line will get to Fr. James and Fr. Francis quicker.
No amount is too big or too small!
We appreciate your prayers and for your financial sacrifice to love and care for Catholic priests. I thank you in advance for your support.
/// HSH Comment:
- One would wrongly think that all priests thrown out of the priesthood or out of active ministry for whatever reason are all guilty as hell. One would be wrong about 50% of the time. Those are the stats.
- One would wrongly think that, whatever the case, surely their (arch)dioceses will support them in some way. One would be wrong most of the time on that. They are just thrown on the trash heap (even when known to be totally innocent). It just looks better if they are slowly executed in this way, right?
- One would wrongly think that HSH has backed away from advocating for priests going through the purgatory of this life or the next. It’s just that yours truly has had many distractions of late. But advocating for priests has not slipped out of my heart and soul and mind in the least. On the contrary. You’ll be seeing a few more posts coming up soon.
Meanwhile, please, please, please consider clicking on the link above and clicking through to make a donation, however big, however tiny. Every single dollar helps. http://www.opusbono.org/donate.html
I remember one priest, not accused of anything, just retired, a saintly old man, who, though living in the Pennsylvania mountains in a trailer, donated what he had to those less fortunate than he. And then he was scolded by the bishop who paid him a visit, scolded because the toilet had broken. How, you ask? Because it was so cold inside the trailer that the toilet bowl shattered because of the ice. Just a thought. Sometimes we can be in need because we’ve been too generous. I wonder, in fact, about those 1000 priests helped by Opus Bono Sacerdotii, just how many fit that description. I bet many more than many are willing even to think about. Because it’s shameful how we throw away priests, accused or not, innocent or not.