I recently met with a local parish priest who ended up giving me dissident advice in a matter of faith and morals. The only reason I met with this priest is because he offered to discuss some ongoing issues I have been coping with and he answered ‘yes’ when I specifically questioned him if he is “orthodox and faithful to the magisterium”. I feel that I was given the bait and switch, and that his real agenda was to soften up my “far right” (his label) stance with authoritative Church teaching. I rather resent yet another encounter with a “gray cap” (his reference) over 50 years old priest who made a behind closed door attempt to undermine my orthodox stance and to sow seeds of doubt over the tenants of my Catholic faith (my third such encounter – the first time at my initiative, the second time via a third party initiative, this time at this priest’s initiative).
The meeting ended with this priest insisting that I borrow his book by Bishop Kenneth Untener “Practical Prophet” with the encouragement that I need to be open to broadening my understanding of the proper extent and application of Church authority. He did have a very congenial and self-assured pastoral style and did listen to my counterpoint presentation of the faith.
Do I ignore and let it drop and simply chalk it up to another wayward and poorly formed priest? Do I offer him a well thought out and documented critique of his faulty position and assertions? Do I admonish his behind closed doors heterodox dissent from clear Church teaching? Do I commit myself to praying for his conversion and the salvation of his soul for spreading and leading others into error? Do I write his boss and cc the priest (I did this with dissident priest #2 and the only response I got back was by the offending priest who was “puzzled” by my ‘reconstruction” of the conversation)? I have prayed over this and get no distinct direction. Any suggestions?