From Opus Bono:
“Sometimes it feels a little bit like we’re Habitat for Humanity for priests.” Opus Bono’s president Joe Maher said. “People don’t realize the extent to which Catholic priests are alone and hurting and they don’t all have the ability to take care of the poor homes they are living in. Winter can be very cruel and life-threatening to a sick or elderly priest in a broken down ‘shack’. We have to make sure they’re warm and safe, and that sometimes means a lot of back-breaking physical labor for our staff. We’ll do whatever we have to do for a Catholic priest.”
We literally have dozens of Catholic priests in dire need waiting in line for our support. The need is so urgent right now. Please, please consider making a donation now to help these poor suffering priests at the link below:
On behalf of the thousands of priests that have contacted us for help, I thank you!
May Our Lady of Priests be your health and your protection…
You may ask, “But who are these priests? Why don’t their bishops take care of them?”
Some priests simply did not prepare for retirement, but gave alms all the way through life, taking care of this or that seminarian’s expenses, etc. But then they have nothing. It used to be that a priest would retire in a rectory, but now they are shipped off to it-doesn’t-matter-land. Some have no destination, and are destitute. Times change, and they did not expect such cold hard-heartedness on the part of their fellow bishops and priests. But this can happen more frequently than you might expect.
Then there are the priests who have been accused of abuse. As we know, even as much as 50% of those accusations were false. I would put the number even higher, including a high percentage of the myriad who have done a plea deal in order to get out of prison in months instead of decades or life in prison, while all the time they are innocent. This happens all the time.
As it is, in the rather ferocious The Judas Crisis Series widget on the sidebar of the blog (http://holysoulshermitage.com) one reads of The National Catholic Risk Retention Group (TNCRRG), which boasts a membership of a great number of our bishops and archbishops and religious superiors. TNCRRG holds all priests to be be guilty from the day of their ordinations. They are just looking for an excuse to pay a settlement. There need not be any accusations, nor even an accuser if the abuse attorney is clever enough to get money with no clients.
Anyway, some of those priests are put on offender lists, and, though out of prison, can get no job. They live absolutely marginalized. There is hardly a priest or bishop anywhere at any time who will help them out, ever.
Leave it to Opus Bono Sacerdotii to help them out.
I myself have gone to Habitat for Humanity to build the hermitage. I’ve very often wondered what those priests do who are hermits not by choice, but because of other circumstances, those who are in bad health, those who are elderly. Could they throw about the windows and doors and roofing like I did? Could they lightly toss logs weighing hundreds of pounds about like I’ve done? No, probably not. Even I couldn’t. I got a hernia, and then an operation, thankfully before Obamacare kicked in.
Anyway, there are very, very many priests who are helped by Opus Bono. Could you help Opus Bono carry out their apostolate?