The struggle is upon us. I have not chosen the battle or the battlefield and will not be hampered by formality or "appearances". If Father Gregory wishes for me to stop this campaign he could stop it in this moment; in the instant he confesses and resigns his position. His efforts are all spent like a miser collecting widows' fortunes and defending his reputation rather than self-examination and amending his own behaviors. He will not answer questions like why do you spend so much of your time with vulnerable women until all hours? And where is his young wife and small child and why are they not with him? More to the point one might ask what he's doing even in the priesthood in light of recent allegations?
I acknowledge that I had a fundamental mistrust a Father Gregory once I began to spend some time with him and that there is little that he could say that will sway me. Note however this is not based on my 'intuition', or forgive me discernment, it is based on my years and experience as a practicing psychotherapist. You see it is not just Father Gregory who telegraphs unconsciously his deviance but also those who have been victimized and manipulated who carry with them a set of their own tells.
When a man falls into corruption, is it not the churches responsibility, the people's responsibility to first address directly, and then as a community to admonish, and then went such deceit seems buried within the heart of the person to expose it? I pray for prudence and the endurance to stay the course. I pray that the Lord grant me the courage to keep my lips speaking truth despite pressure to be silenced.