[quote="Mrs_Sally, post:5, topic:289551"]
I truly hope the pro-life movement is capable of going on without any specific individual.
True, but Fr. Pavone has done a great deal for it and, as I understand it, simply wanted to continue to do it.
Every priest serves under the authority of his bishop. The Bishop decides what his work will be and where he can work. If a priest is outside his home parish, he also needs permission from the bishop who's parish he is in to work there (but he still 'belongs' to his home bishop).
Of course. Unlike Fr. Corapi, Fr. Pavone used legitimate channels to settle his dispute with his bishop. The bishop still has and always did have authority over him. So, nothing has changed there.
We all have to remember that the work of the Church is bigger than any individual person. The Holy Spirit certainly uses people, and some people are specially gifted for certain ministries, but the success of something like work for the dignity of all people from conception through natural death, cannot and does not depend on any specific priest or lay person.
No, it doesn't, but Fr. Pavone seems to be taking up the slack for a good many other people who could have done something and simply didn't/were reluctant to get involved. It's only now that a good many priests and bishops are awakening to the danger the Church is facing from those who are bent on taking from the Church its ability to speak in the public square. Fr. Pavone was a pioneer in this, and I hope and pray many others will join him in their own diocese/parishes, making him less needed. :)