Church leaders support 'redeemed' priest; others want him out Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Nov 16, 2007 at 8:44 am
Church leaders are speaking out in support of a newly-designated parish leader for the Catholic Community of Pleasanton after members of a nationally-affiliated group protested his appointment because of an arrest for indecent exposure eight years ago.
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Posted by grandma, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Nov 16, 2007 at 9:21 pm
Catholic leaders should be accountable and respectful of their local cities. Law breakers should serve their punishments. Exorsisms, worshiping idols and icons, and placing deviates with the congregation may be the wishes of a few church leaders, but they should respect and abide by the standards of the neighborhoods. I saw Cardinal Mahoney on C-Span,last month, say he had no intention of obeying any immigration laws. Whether Pope, Cardinal, or church janitor they are expected to abide by all the laws of society which include laws pertaining to sexual deviants or illegal immigrants. Maybe our government should reconsider the church's tax exempt status, if they don't respect laws of our government.
Posted by Pat Stott, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on Nov 17, 2007 at 4:11 pm
I wonder how involved some of these offended members of CCOP. Are they in any of the ministries at the church? Do they support the church? Or are they ones that go to church on Sunday and you never see them helping out at St Vincent de Paul, having their children in the choir or altar servers, or in any of the ministries of the mass.
They are quick to judge, but what's in their background that would pass any investigation.
Posted by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Nov 18, 2007 at 4:26 am Jeb Bing is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
(Note: Posts are being edited by the Pleasanton Weekly Online staff to remove innuendos, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts. Police reports or other official statements regarding this issue will be reported in our ongoing news stories on the Rev. Padraig Greene and the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, but not by postings on our Town Square Forum where we cannot be certain of the source.)
Posted by Dominique Peytraud, a resident of another community, on Nov 19, 2007 at 12:12 am
I think this whole commotion around the new catholic church leader is totally irrelevant to the community and the times. Padraig Greene is one of the most spiritual persons I know, with a heart of gold, a deep love for his fellowmen, and a profound desire to be of service in uniting them with God. During his past tenure in Pleasanton he installed many needed new ministries which have brought solace and understanding to a vast body of people. He certainly has a vision for this community, maybe gained from his so called "mistake" and subsequent innerwork. He is perfect for the job.
May the one who has never sinned throw the first stone?
It is surely time for all of us also ( maybe that is why we rant and rave) to examine our own "mistakes", learn from them, forgive ourselves and move on toward a greater community of people in God's grace.
Posted by Will B. Herd, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Nov 25, 2007 at 10:55 am
Take action and influence a new choice for pastor:
1. Give to other charities - Donations speak the loudest. Until the decision to name another pastor is made redirect your weekly church donation to other local charities not associated with the Diocese of Oakland.
2. Volunteer your time to other causes - Your time is valuable and you should spend it with organizations whose leaders you admire. Refusing to carry on with any volunteer work you perform as if nothing has changed and making the conscience choice to donate your time elsewhere will be noticed.
3. Unregister from the parish - Taking your name off the parish roll and refusing to have your family name associated with an organization you do not agree with is an easy, yet powerful statement. Other churches in the area are: St. Raymond Parish in Dublin and St. Charles Borromeo Parish and St. Michael Parish in Livermore. These parishes are part of the Diocese of Oakland, so give to other local charities instead until a new paster is assigned to CCOP.