My first thought was that the Bishop could be a little skittish in light of Fr. Euteneuer and and Corapi and was perhaps being cautious, making sure everything is on the up and up. But then I read this public statement and I just can't get the stink of skullduggery out of my nose.
Just imagine yourself as a parent having a fracus with one of your grown children and prematurely putting out a character assassination statement filled with evidence of your inability to control your emotion.
Not when you have both oars in the water.
The reader's digest is, the Bishop accuses Fr. Pavone of thinking he's all that and the Bishop feels the need to bust up an effective prolife ministry, right before a presidential election, so he can feel as though he has control of Fr. Pavone. Of course, he wants everyone to withhold donations to Priests for Life. It strikes me as odd that the Bishop, standing there with his miter and crozier, crybabying about about somebody else's ambition.
Oddly enough, I did a quick search on the Bishop and abortion and I can't find anything he's ever said or done to protect the unborn - though admittedly, it was a quick search. More diligence later.
I've met Fr. Pavone. The Bishop's description of him is completely out of character with my experience. He was generous of his spirit, time and money.
Fr. Pavone categorically denies any financial impropriety - and explains his board of directors has numerous bishops on it who oversee the finances--and has appealed to Rome.
How timely that Mark Shea and others have signed onto ceasing and desisting from ridiculing their fellow Catholics. Their vitriol in situations like this will not be missed.