If it’s really true, we need to pray.
We need to pray to Jesus Christ, sovereign priest, that this doesn’t turn out like another Fr John Corapi situation with an intransigent sinful priest.
We need to pray to Our Lady of Czestochowa that Fr Phillips serves out his final years in true repentance and atonement.
We need to pray to St John Vianney to intercede for the canons of the Canons Regular of St John Cantius, that they will persist in their vocations, and continue to attract new priests.
We need to pray for the intercession of the guardian angels of the parishioners of St John Cantius parish, that they hew close to the barque of Peter, no matter how fierce the waves crashing over it.
We need to pray to Our Lord for the other men involved, that they too will repent and atone.
We must not lose hope. We are all sinners. We are all capable of nearing the peak of the mountain, only to lose our footing and slide backwards, even tumbling head-over-heels and suffering serious, grievous injury.
It would be devastating, let’s be honest. Saturday night for me, after reading the news on Father John Zuhlsdorf’s blog… it felt like a family member died. How could this be? How could this man I regarded as a likely future saint possibly… And what fun our enemies will have.
We need to pray it isn’t true, but if it is, that he is forgiven.
St. John Cantius, pray for us, pray for Fr. C. Frank Phillips.