Martyrdom Doesn’t Become You! (Or You Ain’t a Martyr)

Oh, the drama…

Priest sanctioned after appearing at women’s ordination gathering

Two days after appearing at a women’s ordination conference in Philadelphia, Precious Blood Fr. Jack McClure said today he has been told he can no longer celebrate Mass at Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco where he has been pastor and parochial vicar for the past 15 months.

According to McClure, he was informed by Precious Blood Father and Most Holy Redeemer pastor Matthew Link that the secretary for San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said McClure can no longer celebrate Mass beyond the end of this month.

McClure said his last Mass will be Sunday, Sept. 27.

“I feel bad about this. I feel bad for the parish. I feel bad about this silencing,” said McClure. “But I want to make it known I appreciate the generosity Archbishop Cordileone has shown me and my religious community for allowing us to serve in his archdiocese. However, in conscience I needed to break my silence.”

Silencing? Please. Fr. McClure is not a diocesan priest, he’s a Precious Blood priest. His order or the Vatican has to deal with him. He can’t be “silenced” by that mean old Archbishop Cordileone, who, by the way, Fr. McClure says is generous. Fr. McClure simply serves at the Archbishop’s allowance, and he is now no longer allowed. Oh, and by the way, he had already resigned from Most Holy Redeemer (as you will read later). As a swan song on his way out the door, he chose to participate in something that contradicts Catholic doctrine. Lo and behold, the Archbishop chose to be the Archbishop. Are we shocked? Nope. The Church has spoken on women’s ordination. Pope Francis has even said, multiple times, on the subject of ordaining women, “the door is closed.” It’s an over 2,000 year-old dead horse. No matter how many times you whack it, it’ll still remain dead.

And another thing, you might want to study up on the parameters of the “primacy of conscience” before you try to use that argument.

1783 Conscience must be informed and moral judgment enlightened. A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer their own judgment and to reject authoritative teachings.

1784 The education of the conscience is a lifelong task. From the earliest years, it awakens the child to the knowledge and practice of the interior law recognized by conscience. Prudent education teaches virtue; it prevents or cures fear, selfishness and pride, resentment arising from guilt, and feelings of complacency, born of human weakness and faults. The education of the conscience guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart.

1785 In the formation of conscience the Word of God is the light for our path,54 we must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice. We must also examine our conscience before the Lord’s Cross. We are assisted by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, aided by the witness or advice of others and guided by the authoritative teaching of the Church.55

Back to McClure…

The result of this new development, McClure said, is not all bad. “I feel the pain of being silenced,” he said, “and in this silencing I am beginning to feel the deep pain women feel all over the church.”

Can you say wannabe martyr? Again, if you’ve been silenced, Fr. McClure, it wasn’t by Archbishop Cordileone, and, I might add, you’re doing a poor job of being silent. Also, who are all of these women experiencing “deep pain”? Could it possibly be the women you’ve led to believe could one day become priests? That is all on you. Personally, most women I know – single, religious or married – aren’t sitting in a corner crying over this. We’ve fully embraced our true vocations, and they are not men’s vocations. None of us has this narcissistic victim status that these 60+ year old babes have created for themselves.

He said he came to the Philadelphia conference in the spirit of the dialog he said Pope Francis had called for in the church. “I really feel I want to participate in this dialog,” he said.

Perhaps you missed this so I’ll say it again: The. Door. Is. Closed. So tell me again how Pope Francis wants to dialog on “women priests?”

McClure and Link began their ministry at Most Holy Redeemer parish, located in the San Francisco Castro district, in July 2014. The parish had been looking for priests, and Link approached the archdiocese with the idea of allowing him and McClure to come to Most Holy Redeemer to serve as a team.

I’ve had brief dealings with Fr. Link, and in those dealings, I’ve never found him to say anything contrary to the Church. Maybe others have had different experiences, but I have no beef with him. I was also glad to see that he didn’t offer a position on the “women’s ordination” situation. I hope he is being a true pastor to those at Most Holy Redeemer!

Most Holy Redeemer has a history of being a “welcoming” parish, and over the years it has attracted many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, some of whom have felt unwelcome in other Catholic parishes.

It would be so much nicer if it was known to be a Catholic parish. For those of you who don’t understand San Franciscan “Catholicism,” welcoming usually means “hardly follows any Catholic teachings and rails against most of them.”

McClure, 71, initially served as pastor at Most Holy Redeemer. Link took over as pastor last July 1. Since then McClure has served as parochial vicar.

Just before traveling to Philadelphia, McClure submitted a resignation letter to Link, relinquishing his position as parochial vicar. His intention had been to move across the San Francisco Bay, live in Berkeley, and help out on weekends at Most Holy Redeemer, offering support to Link as he could. The Precious Blood Fathers have a residence and small community in Berkeley.

So, even before his WOW trip, he had resigned from full time service at MHR.

Then it gets interesting (

If you’ll note, over at the Women’s Ordination Conference, they were spewing that he resigned after being “silenced,” which isn’t true. They also say that Archbishop Cordileone abused his power. In what way, ladies? Fr. McClure decided to publicly support something that goes against a doctrine of the Catholic Church, yet somehow it would be an abuse of power to say, “You know how you resigned but were going to come back and help on weekends? No need after you decided to publicly dissent against Church teaching.” They, Fr. McClure included, all knew that this is what is supposed to happen after priests come out in public support of women’s ordination. No shocker. By the way, did you note the list the WOC gave of priests who have been sanctioned?

“I am no longer able to be ‘on call’ during the week for MHR pastoral needs as required of a Parochial Vicar,” McClure wrote Link Sept. 17. “As you know, [Precious Blood Provincial] Fr. Joe Nassal has asked me to have a presence in our CPPS Berkeley Community.”

However, following conversations Link said he had with San Francisco archdiocesan staff over the weekend, McClure will no longer be able to celebrate Mass at any time at Most Holy Redeemer beyond the end of this month.

Link said he had spoken with several members of the archdiocesan staff, including Vicar for Clergy Fr. Raymund M. Reyes.

Asked for a comment Link said: “It’s tough.”

I bet it is tough for Fr. Link. He’s got to run the whole show by himself. Too bad Fr. McClure didn’t think about that.

Cordileone, late Monday, issued the following statement:  “I’m very pleased with the pastoral care that Fr. McClure gave to the community at Most Holy Redeemer, and also that he has the opportunity to serve his order’s Berkeley Community nearby.”

A kind statement from His Excellency (might be nice if NcR used his actual title), as usual.

McClure appeared at the WOW conference on a panel of three men, Tony Flannery, Roy Bourgeois and Paul Collins, all priests who have been dismissed, excommunicated or forced to resign based on their support for women’s ordination.

So, this isn’t the shocker that it’s been made out to be. Fr. McClure knew quite well what he was getting himself into. Feigning dismay can’t really be done here by the WOC or by Fr. McClure.

Before McClure spoke he asked the women to join him in prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to help guide him as he spoke. He cited scripture, which told a story of Jesus walking with women. He talked about Pope Francis’ call to dialog. He told the women he wanted to support them in their efforts to end discrimination.

Discrimination? What discrimination are you talking about? The one where God made us male and female? Let’s be real. Men will never be mothers, nuns or sisters, and we women are never going to be fathers or priests. These are all vocations that correspond with how God created us. I really wish you’d stop telling people that it’s anything different. The seeds of confusion you sow, Fr. McClure, are what cause strife and put enmity between women and the Church instituted by Christ.

Miriam Duignan, a member of the WOW leadership team, said today she felt bad about the McClure sanctions. “I don’t want him to be homeless. I don’t want him to be an outcast. It’s crazy.”

Said Duignan: “I am shocked that our church is still capable of causing this kind of harm — to punish a 71-year-old man for saying publicly what thousands of priests are saying privately all over the world.”

Oh, my gosh, Miriam. Again with the dramatic lies? Fr. McClure is not going to be homeless, nor is he being cast out from his order. You an turn off the waterworks.  He’s moving to Berkeley to be with his order, which was planned even before the public dissent which is probably just became a chance for a set up of the Archbishop. Personally, for Fr. McClure’s sake, I’m glad this happened. It gives him time for a change of heart before he enters eternal life! Here’s his order’s opportunity for a teachable moment.


10 thoughts on “Martyrdom Doesn’t Become You! (Or You Ain’t a Martyr)

  1. I wish that all bishops were like Cordileone! Firm and loving. Although, as a simple person I’d excommunicate him and the nuns. lol…Really these nuns and those like them are like 3 years old: they covet and desire just because they are told NO.

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  2. Women cannot become priests for the exact same reason I cannot become a Nun. Defrock and excommunicate this sorry excuse for a priest , laity and nuns etc. who perpetuate this apostasy schism oriented group.

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  3. One step at a time. Neither orders nor the Vatican usually jump right to defrocking. That said, if you look at the list provided, he could end up there. First step is to stop the hemorrhaging by removing him from spreading error. Next, it would be nice if his order gave him a good talking to along with correct instruction on “primacy of conscience” that he apparently missed.


  4. “He talked about Pope Francis’ call to dialog.”

    Let us see what Pope Francis said about the ordination of women:

    “But with regards to the ordination of women, the Church has spoken and says no. Pope John Paul said so with a formula that was definitive. That door is closed,” he said referring to a document by the late pontiff which said the ban was part of the *infallible* teaching of the Church. (referring to Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, apostolic letter by St. Pope John Paul II)

    So, Fr. McClure, how’s that for dialog?

    Just askin’.

    Catechist Kev

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  5. It’s like my wife always says, OMM:

    These people who agitate for this, that or the other “supporting-the-marginalized” cause will *never* be happy. If they suddenly, God forbid, got what they wanted they would swiftly be off to a “writer” for the NcFishwrap agitating for the next “what’s-happenin’-now” cause that does *nothing* to promote our Blessed Lord’s primary goal:

    That is to say the *salvation of souls*.

    Catechist Kev

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