Clarification of Misreporting of Facts in Media
On September 13, 2011, it was widely misreported in
various Catholic and secular media that the Most Reverend Patrick
Zurek, Bishop of Amarillo, had “suspended” Rev. Frank Pavone, a
priest of his diocese, and put him “on leave.”
This is absolutely false.
Father Pavone is and has been a priest in good standing.
Moreover, the canonical language of “suspension” in this regard is a
mistake. Father Pavone has not in any way incurred any
ecclesiastical penalty. Nor is Father Frank under the threat of any
I want to point out that in a Catholic News Service story
dated September 14, 2011, Msgr. Harold Waldow, vicar for clergy in
the diocese of Amarillo, confirmed Fr. Pavone’s good standing:
Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for
Life, remains a priest in good standing in the Diocese of Amarillo,
Texas, said Msgr. Harold Waldow, vicar for clergy in the diocese.
Today, Father Pavone—as a priest in good standing—celebrated Mass at
St. Mary's Cathedral in Amarillo, Texas.
Fr David Deibel, JD, JCL
Priests for Life
For Fr. Frank’s official statement, and more information,
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