A veteran clergyman described by an admirer as “the most courageous priest in our San Diego Diocese” warned at his pre-retirement party that although the priority of Christianity is saving souls, he was hearing more from prelates concerned about earthly matters than religious ones.
Fr. Richard Perozich gave a farewell talk in early June to about 30 members of Ecclesia Militans of San Diego, conservative lay Catholics for whom he served as spiritual adviser.
Perozich’s final assignment as pastor, ending at the close of June, is at Immaculate Conception Church in San Diego’s historic Old Town, near where St. Junipero Serra offered his first Mass in California in 1769. Perozich plans to move to the Hawaiian island of Maui, living, he said, “more as a hermit monk.”
Perozich told his farewell gathering in La Jolla in early June:
“It can be a little more daunting when one is a priest and whose spiritual father and brothers seem to me to be moving away from clarity of truth to ambiguity, from the spiritual to the worldly, from holiness into sin. Recent sophistry: bishop wanting solar panels in every parish, gays and lesbians welcomed in every parish, their children in our Catholic schools.”
Currently in the diocese, Perozich told his listeners: “Priests who were ignored before because of their lifestyles are now on boards and giving talks and photographed with the bishop; others are promoted in the diocese. It has reached a level too great for me to tolerate, so I choose the Benedict Option for myself.”
He said some people believe the Benedict Option equates with disengaging and withdrawing. But, Perozich said, it’s “all about being active and engaging the problems of society. It recognizes, however, that solutions will begin locally, in the relationships that we can influence. Rebuilding will begin there. Do we really think that our political, educational, and economic institutions will provide a secure future for the practice of our Christian faith?”
Complaints Perozich listed against the San Diego Diocese included, “Vapid days of recollection and retreats for us priests” and “Public promotion of sodomy and adultery with Holy Communion.”
“My skills are pastoring, anointing, Confession, Mass, preaching, teaching,” he continued. “I can balance a budget, rebuild a failing parish, speak Spanish and be faithful to the Tradition of the Church. I cannot be faithful to the sophistries promoted by prelates. . . . “Other than be faithful myself, I am unable to influence my fellow clergy except for about ten priests here,” he said. “Most just go along, and if they are faithful, they are silent about it. I cannot be that way. . . . I have an intentional community of one, living apart more as a hermit monk.
“I support the Church financially, but not any diocese and certainly no parish who has drag-queen ministers, openly homosexual employees, giving Communion to adulterers, supporting community-organizing groups for $15 minimum wage, open immigration, inviting Muslim refugees but not our brother Christian ones who are being killed in the Middle East. I have other ways of giving money to the church and to faithful ministries,” he said.
“I cannot leave the Church even if its leaders deviate. It still is protected by the Holy Spirit from total destruction, but can still be damaged. Now, I do need to care for my own spiritual health and will do so intentionally in a way I find fulfilling,” Perozich said.
Full story at The Wanderer.
Wow. The most courageous and well-spoken conservative priest in the state goes riding into the sunset. It was a minor miracle you were allowed to continue in public ministry Pray for us, good Father!
How true is this quote, not only for San Diego, but in many other places: “Priests who were ignored before because of their lifestyles are now on boards and giving talks and photographed with the bishop; others are promoted in the diocese.” The progressives have been greatly emboldened by Francis sitting on the Seat of Peter. Some of the guys I know with shaky reputations now boldly take the public limelight and even chancery positions and don’t fear expressing dissent in semi-public gatherings.
First Principle and Foundation: “Man is created to praise, reverence and serve God Our Lord and by this means to save his soul.” (#23 Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius)
Go with God, Fr. Richard, and by all means do so.
Oh no. We all need him to stay and be outspoken in defense of the Faith. The Leftists within the official Church are very outspoken and make it difficult for the Faithful to stay moral. Thus, the Leftists corrupt.
If Father Perozich goes “quiet” into a monastery, we all lose.
Fr. Perozich needs to become a bishop!
Can you really blame Father for his decision? How much longer can one fight and fight and fight when Holy Mother Church kicked the TLM to the curb, all the teachings prior to Vatican II out the window and YES like Father said bishops worried about “social justice” gays, womens rights, open borders, bringing in hordes of Muslims instead of Middle Eastern Christians? The Church is sick and has turned upside down it stands for nothing and teaches nothing, yes many will attack me for saying this but the TRUTH must be told and so I have said it!
Only the return of the Traditional Latin Mass and sacraments prior to Vatican II can save the Church, hand holding, kiss of peace, dancing girls, altar girls, felt banners, clowns, giant puppets, communion in the hand while standing, polka, rock, mariachi music, guitars, drums, protestant music, lesbian nuns dancing with incense bowls is not Catholicism and will only lead souls to Hell.
This is astonishing. Dear Romulus A: when was the last time you actually set foot in a legitimate Catholic Church offering the Ordinary Form? Clowns, and puppets, and dancing lesbian nuns, and the other things you mention are NOT usual occurrences in such Masses.
Yeah, Romulus, listen to this hypocrisy:
“..the [liturgical abuses] things you mention are NOT ***usual*** occurrences” —an admission that they are only “occasional” occurrences— the narrative: You have to accept our faith-denying occasional and continued abuses.
That just means, “We haven’t been able to get everyone used to our false system
Remember that “One day during the time of Athanasius, the entire church awaken to find it was Arian.” They controlled all the Bishops all the churches and all the institutions. And it was a false Church.
Signs of a false church, all that you mention, and more, when Fr. P, and many other pruests, have to flee from it.
I have to agree with Romulus. Those sort of things do occur at some ordinary form locations. I have yet to see proof that this sort of behavior happens at Tridentine Mass Churches. The liturgy with the novus ordo is a garbage approach for our Lord and King.
“At some” locations, Joe, “at some.” Even that is too generous. I say it is RARE to see lesbian dancing nuns, puppets, and clowns at a Mass in the Ordinary Form. Really folks, the question begs to be asked, “Where are you people going to Mass in the OF?” Do you actually seek out these odd Masses in order to just write about them here?? I repeat, dancing lesbians, clowns, giraffes, puppets are NOT the customary things the VAST MAJORITY of Catholics see at a typical Sunday Mass in the Ordinary Form. STOP THE EXAGGERATION! It is uncharitable and it is false.
Jon, here’ an example.
Joe…that said nothing. Nothing about Mass. No topless women. You lose.
Good luck, Joe: he will deny it by claiming “it is not customary”.
Misses the point: abuse, such as you observe, is occasional, typical, and could happen at any random NO service, if the celebrant wants it. Liturgical abuse is a trapdoor written into the “code” of the New Mass.
My personal favorite happened at St. Agnes at—of all times—Holy Thursday “Liturgy” last year (2016): we were subjected to creepy music, equally 10 minutes of weird ‘dancing’ (Ahhh: it is during “Mass”):
And that is why people and many priests—I doubt Fr. Perozich would cotton to liturgical abuse—are taking the St Benedict Option and voting with their feet.
I agree. I see such horrors when they pop up on FB. And I do get saddened. But it is very false and uncharitable to say all Catholic Churches are like that. Mine certainly is NOT!!
RA … When and where have you seen nuns dancing with incense bowls? How did you know, pray tell, they were lesbians. You must have excellent “Gaydar.”
I’m sorry that parish leadership didn’t work out for Fr. Richard. Also had Helen survived and we had children I’m sorry Fr. Richard would not have welcomed them into his school. I wish him well in his new ministry in Hawaii.
Wow C&H, always with the homosexual angle. Let’s just add up the problematic issues in your response: active homosexual lifestyle, possibility of surrogate or IVF pregnancies, and a potential lawsuit to force a Catholic school to teach children who would be living in a household that does not live a Catholic moral lifestyle.
Lamenting that “parish leadership didn’t work out for Fr. Richard” is disingenuous as it is people like you who fought him all the way so that he would somehow accept the the disordered fantasy life you described.
Kristin … First keep in mind that early in Fr. Richard’s comments he himself brings up gay issues, including that of our children going to Catholic schools. It boggles my mind that any Catholic can object to any baptized Catholic child receiving a catholic education. Our schools accept lots of kids form homes where there is not a perfect Catholic lifestyle ranging from those where profanity flows freely to Mafia Dons.
C&H, pray that your mind becomes unboggled, and that you can accept the Church’s wisdom and leadership concerning homosexuality. There is no “perfect Catholic lifestyle” though there are perfectly immoral lifestyles, and living an actively homosexual one necessarily disqualifies certain priviledges, including Catholic scholing. Really, you should understand this, though if you prefer to act as an innocent victim of so-called discrimination, your relationship with the Church will always be a contentious one. Sad for you to make it so.
Two women cannot conceive children with each other. Two women pretending to be each other’s spouse should not be allowed to raise children because it is child abuse.
Don’t worry, though: Bishop McElroy will tell you that everything’s cool. Sin is cool now in the Diocese of San Diego. We’re so progressive; we’ve evolved out of having to be concerned about sin, except for the “sins” that Republicans commit against the environment and illegal immigrants — those are “bad”. Just about everything else you would want to do is “good” now, so go for it! That’s why Christ died: so two women who believe they are married to each other can raise children and send them to Catholic school.
Covfefe .. Might I point out that Christ did NOT say: ‘Suffer little children, but only those from traditional families, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Might I point out that Jesus did say: “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)
Same-sex couples who are raising children should beware the millstone, for daily life in such a home would be a perpetual source of grave stumbling.
For a Catholic school to accept and treat a same-sex household as normal and to enroll a child from such a household would be scandalous to the faith development of all the other children. For the sake of avoiding the millstone, schools should not enroll children being raised by same-sex couples.
Covefefe … We take different lessons from this passage. To my mind, denying a small child a Catholic education “…causes the little ones who believe in Me to stumble.”
C&H– Christ, the Son of God, was a Jew, and He was very exact with His teachings! He would tell parents how to raise their children– which some might find “offensive!” And I’m sure He would say, to repentant parents — “Go and sin no more!” All mankind is “fallen” since Adam’s Fall. Christ came to teach us, and to SUFFER and DIE for our Salvation! It is very important, to make a good, traditional Catholic family home, where GOD is the center (not human beings and their sins!). Catholics must live to love, honor, and praise God, and seek Heaven– and help our children get to Heaven!
When Catholic parents take their child to the parish church to be baptized, the parents and godparents for this holy Sacrament, are told by the priest, of their big moral and spiritual responsibilities, as Catholics, to raise their child in a good Catholic home! A good Catholic family, following Christ, baptized, and receiving the Sacraments– does not belong to the pagan, filthy, secular world, that rejects Our Lord! Baptism signifies the passage from the secular realms of darkness and sin, to the shining realm of Christ, so holy! We, His children– are on the pathway to Heaven!
We help our children get to Heaven by giving them a good Catholic education regardless of who their parents are.
We Catholics have a big responsibility to God, to raise children right morally, to teach and guide them, keep them safe from harm, and take them to the Church for baptism, the Sacraments, and a good Catholic education! That is a big responsibility! Grown-ups must put away their sins, and their pride, and selfishness–and grow up! Moral integrity– is a MUST!! Our culture is nearly totally destroyed, by the corrupt, the proud, the selfish, and the sinful– who refuse to grow up!! Our Church is falling to pieces, too— a return to Christ is a MUST!! How about a pledge to Our Lady of Fatima, for her centennial??
There are a great many sins that poor children in so-called “Catholic” homes painfully endure. Sins of gay sex perversion, are one type of sin, but there are also many other horrible sins! Catholic grown-ups had better grow up, take Christ seriously, go to Confession, and and make a serious commitment, to stop ALL THEIR SINS– whatever they may be — and return to Christ, and make a very GOOD Catholic home for their children!! I am terribly sorry for all the little innocent children, evilly exposed to various gay sex pervert sins, such as sado-masochism, in the evil, filthy, selfish, SINFUL annual S.F. “Pride” parade!
Plain and simple: God made them male and female, and it takes both to produce a child. The woman, in a news report, who is pregnant now with a child, but claims to be a man, is still a woman no matter what she says. Bruce Jenner is still Bruce Jenner, a man, just now a mutilated one. Feeding such people’s delusions is not neither kind nor accurate, but harmful to the person and all society. The only people who have the right to corrective surgery are those who were actually born with genital deformities. I will not discuss this with you any further, C&H. God will deal with you quite harshly if you keep it up.
God Bless you Father and thank you for sharing your vocation!
Father Rich ~ good and faithful priest.
Junipers Serra would challenge what is happening in this polluted diocese of San Diego to which he had brought the faith through great personal suffering and hard work. The list of scandalous developments is putrid, sending its foul smell to heaven. Many of the desert Fathers retreated to prayer away from the cities due to corruption in the Church! So it is today.
As for the diocese of San Diego and the Church leaders there: that branch will be cut off from The Vine.
“When the fruit is rotten, we know the tree is bad!”
While it is absolutely tragic that Father Richard retire. I am under 65 years old and yet I have been retired for five years. Like many priests who have tried to serve God with joy, we are finding it impossible to do so. The bishops do not support us, but believe every false rumor that the liberals utter. There is a limit to the dry martyrdom that we can endure. Many priests have been forced to see a psychologist, and even though they receive a clean bill of health, the bishop never changes his mind. I know of priests in Florida, California, Michigan, Arizona and Texas who have been treated like dirt by the hierarchy. When another diocese wants to take them in, their own ordinary will not give them a decent recommendation.
Fortunately Father, Our Lord is a JUST God and will take care of them.
So sorry to hear how you have been marginalized, Fr. Karl: and as you know, you are not alone. So many priests, religious, laity–the same fate, “dry martyrdom”.
A friend avers that the initial slow slide into becoming a completely alien church of man has now become an open, brazen free-fall. They don’t care how bad it looks anymore.
Remember the famous Fulton Sheen sermon, warning of a false church “aping” the Catholic Church some day: and that sermon was in 1948. An amazing prophecy.
And we have seen it come true with our own eyes. Regrettably.
A little less of the “Demons” talk you employed to explain everything gone wrong would’ve spared you a lot of trouble. I see you’ve gotten better.
It’s called being “set up” by apostate anti-Catholics inside the Church who count on the cowardice of bishops and appeal to their dysfunctional sense of clericalism which the poor blind shepherd places above defending the truth. This is happening for all members of the Church.
You have not left the Church; but the Church, its teachings and practices, have left you! The secrets of Medjugorje which will result in the world being changed like never before are very close to being revealed. The Era of Peace will then follow.
PRAY FOR US AND ALL OUR GOOD PRIESTS, BISHOPS, AND CARDINALS Father Richard.
Many of us think as you do. We will fight the good fight, pray, fast, do penance , and withold our monies!!
I was surprised when this article was sent to me. I never was interviewed by the reporter, just like the one in the UT back in November. Such reporters who fail to consult the primary source rely on hearsay, and imposes their own ideas on others. You should ignore this article.
Thank you for denying the article. For some reason, The Wanderer seems to play loose with the truth from time to time. However, is it true that you’re retiring and moving to Hawaii?
Fr. Perozich: Could you clarify for us, Father, exactly what is false in the above article?
The talk was about the Benedict option and forming intentional communities. What has been reported are other peoples opinions about what I said. I encouraged the listeners to stay in their churches form intentional communities and continue to live out the truth of our Catholic faith as I would be doing in Maui
I’m relieved. The story did make you look really weird. Will you be incardinated in the Diocese there?
Thank you for letting us know the truth. God bless and keep you, though, in your retirement, Fr. Perozich, if that is happening.
“The report of my death was an exaggeration.” –Mark Twain
“I support the Church financially, but not any diocese and certainly no parish who has drag-queen ministers, openly homosexual employees, giving Communion to adulterers, supporting community-organizing groups for $15 minimum wage, open immigration, inviting Muslim refugees but not our brother Christian ones who are being killed in the Middle East. I have other ways of giving money to the church and to faithful ministries,” he said. I do not give to the Bishops Annual Appeal and, like Fr. P, give to institutions that adhere and teach the
Truths of Jesus. I expect persecution from the “world” but not from the “Church”. As a former San Franciscan, I was greatly saddened with the appointment of Bp. McElroy. God help our Church.
I can not find any information as to Fr P’s age. Is he at standard retirement age [70??] for priests?
I don’t know his age, but my guess is that he’s between 56 and 65.
It says in the records of the Diocese of San Diego, that Fr. Perozich is age 65. He is still YOUNG!! A great loss to this Diocese— too bad he could not have been made a Bishop, long ago!! Or at least– a seminary rector, to run a very fine Catholic seminary! But his prayer life as a hermit monk, will bring many fine graces to the Church, I am sure!
Fr Perozich are you then denying you said these things? Are those interviewed for the article lying? Or are you just regretting that what you said became public?
Hey Phramedup, Given what we know of the man, his sincerity and obedience in the face of censorship, I’d say your question is pretty shabby.
I live in another California diocese, and have also made the decision that I will not give to any diocesan fundraiser. Bishops have either lost oversight to how the money is spent, or they do not care. I have read too many examples of how Catholic Charities, Campaign for Human Development, etc. have spent money in ways that are not compatible with Catholic teaching.
Jim… Just remember that if you don’t give to the Bishop’s appeal “Downtown” will just scoop it out of your parish’s bank account.
God bless you, Father Richard, and may Our Lady protect you. I know you have been a faithful priest, loyal to the magisterium, and an ‘alter Christus’ to all your parishioners. Some people may ask why you do not join the Fraternity of St. Peter, or other congregations, so you could continue parish work, but not all priests are called to live in a community. With what is going on in the Catholic Church, I know you are following God’s will. I pray that you will benefit spiritually from this new chapter in your priesthood. Please pray for us! Ave Maria Purrissima!
God bless this faithful, courageous priest! It takes maturity, love, dedication, courage, and good discipline, to faithfully practice the Catholic Faith, and to be a good priest! Many priests and bishops today, as well as laymen– are NOT good, practicing, faithful Catholics, who love and serve only Jesus Christ!! Many say they love Him and serve Him– but in all honesty, they have actually abandoned Him!! When I was young, in Catholic school, long before Vatican II– a boy had to have Good Character, maturity, and good discipline– before even considering minor seminary! Otherwise– he wouldn’t make it!
Father, I was a nun in the Philippines, and after things were getting crazy in the convent, I left. There is just so much one can take, and when one’s spiritual life begins to suffer, it is a sign from God to move on. So much has happened in the Church the last fifty years. Instead of being in the world, but not of the world, the Church has become a scandalous institution by adapting wicked sins and trying to make them normal and beneficial to society. God, family and country have become man, shack up sodomy and one world order. Our Lord told Martha that Mary has chosen the better part, and I support your decision to become a hermit. God bless you.
I hope that even as a monk, you will have your computer close. We need your essays – always a clear statements of the faith or comments with which we may disagree. We need your voice at one end of the spectrum. You always make us think, re-evaluate, and ponder.
Thanks for your contributions.
I agree with Bob One. We need your voice here at CCD Father Perozich. Every best wish in your future prayer life in Maui. Pray for California and thank you for your lifetime of service to the Catholic Church.
I concur! R. Augustus’ “portrayal” of what happens in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Ordinary Form is not the USUAL, normative, occurrence in such Masses. Abuses have happened—and no doubt RAugustus had either seen or heard it—but for the VAST MAJORITY of Catholics, dancing lesbian nuns, clowns, and puppets ARE NOWHERE to be seen! My point: RA’s post is another unjust instance of denigrating a sacrament of the Church! Repent!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, rare occurrence—occasional and typical is the truth.
Just 3 days ago on June 21sr, at the historic Cathedral of Bari in Italy, where the great and ancient St. Nicholas’ tomb (“Great Nicholas”, in the Eastern Church) is enshrined,—one of the most holy shrines in Catholic Christendom—a pagan summer solstice ritual was conducted complete with dancing girls, with a strange tree fetish-object about which they danced in the sanctuary, while a near-naked “snake lady” performed a weird writhing sequence of gyrations.The cathedral rector looked on, approvingly, at the neo-pagan desecration. Go look it up, educate yourselves.
Not far off in the future, the Novus Ordo will soon be full frontal paganism…
Ok. I looked it up. It said it is a ritual that has been repeated unchanged for centuries. Thanks for the tip of interest. It’s not pagan. It has to do with the angle the light hits the mosaic floor.
Anon … I have to say I find your story hard to believe. Could you please share your source with us? In this day and age if it happened, I suspect it would be on YouTube.
C&H why is it hard to believe the liturgical abuse that has been going on for decades….
Here is the pagan ritual, complete with young “vestal virgins” attired in white, a tree fetish object, and the snake woman (RAI TV, the national TV affiliate filmed it)
Bari Cathedral has a rose window that aligns with a floor mosaic on June 21st, the summer solstice: that this has occurred for centuries is true.
Now the [New Church] narrative is “..it is a ritual [meaning with dancing nubile girls, snake-woman, and a sacred tree in the sacred precinct of the Cathedral] that has been repeated unchanged for centuries.” That is false (documentary sources, please, other than pinterest and “it is said” as a source). I defy anyone to…
..provide documentary evidence of this pagan behavior at Bari Cathedral or anywhere, prior to 1962: remember numerous canons prohibited dancing with church precincts. It is a false narrative.
The main point is: Romulus A. was absolutely right yet again: dancing girls, pagan ritual, et al. are continual perhaps “occasional”, yet typcal, in the New Church.
And these are acts of desecration to the presence of Christ in the Tabernacle and insults to the Divince Presence and the true Catholic Faith. That is what people should be most concerned about.
Thanks for sending us to that website. I decline to donate to Hilary. But thanks for the opportunity.Weird website. I’ll go with the website for tourism in Bari that says it is evidence of history of Byzantine influence.
And why is this even important, except as fuel for hate for the Catholic Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ. Not gonna lose my soul to hell because of a internet troll.
RAug and anonymous are both false and wrong: Whatever was done at this Bali Cathedral wasn’t even a Mass! Nor was it reported as a Mass! And that was RA’s point about dancing, clowns, and puppet: that these things occur at Mass in the OF. But guess what, they don’t! The vast majority of Catholics only see clowns in circuses, puppets in puppet shows. And the supposed “proof” anonymous presented in support of RA was totally tangential.
Ignorance is bliss.
Dancing and pagan rituals in a sacred Catholic precinct are an abomination, always prohibited until the 1960’s by numerous canons:, OK in the New Church, prohibited in the true Catholic Church.
And as expected, unable to prove any documentation of “the ancient ritual”, (a ‘travel site’ says it is ‘Byzantine’—a nice false-fact touch)—“the experts” rely on a tourist website when faced with undeniable photographic evidence. (And typical NO name-calling when they have no facts , which Cal – Catholic apparently allows.)
PS. The ancient shrine of St. Nicholas Cathedral is in Bari, B-A-R-I, at the tip of the Italian peninsula—not “Bali”, which is in Indonesia — another frightful display…
Liturgical dancing at Mass not happening? Romulus A is right again.
Holy Thursday, 2016, San Francisco at St Agnes Church (“the Jesuit parish”): creepy music, 10 minutes of creepy ‘dancing’ (Ahhh: it is during “Mass”):
Here’s another, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (2017):
And another, St Martin De Porres Catholic Church—all around the nice circular table, er altar:
And here are some particularly awkward and ludicrous dancers AT MASS—even at the Lateran Basilica, the pre-eminent see-church in formerly Latin Christendom:
And don’t miss the Filipino bishop grinding it out in that last link too. Yeah, it’s not happening.
Face it, this occasional and typical abuse is part of the New Church Catholic scene, and Romulus A. was right. It is part and parcel of the Novus Ordo Mass now, and it is another reason that many good priests and laity are offended and turned off at what is going on.
C&H, you need to familiarize yourself with Churchmilitant.com. All of these instances you find hard to believe are documented there, and read up on founder Michael Voris, his story will be of particular interest to you.
Please. One thing that Michael Voris will not descend to is to denigrate and belittle the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Ordinary Form. He has rightly asserted in one of his pieces that to do so is HERETICAL. There is an “agenda” behind this shameful “cataloging” of RARE instances of liturgical dances: it is to denigrate the sacrament in the OF in favor of the EF. Division, division, division. That is the aim. And it is the aim of the devil to divide. Beware people, beware. The fact remains that the vast majority of Catholics do not see whatever RAugustus claims are run-of-the-milll in the OF. False!
No it’s not: it’s purpose is to tell the truth and expose denisl, which is a lie.
The same argument was made in the 80’s, and 90’s, and into the year 2000 decade, to try to squelch the unholy debasement of the priesthood in the abuse epidemic. Everyone who spoke up was viciously attacked.
That ploy doesn’t work anymore, and the evidence shown tells the truth.
Good luck with your retirement in Hawaii! Most of my priest friends retired at 65 and are still celebrating Mass on the weekends at various parishes as needed. Enjoy your life as a hermit! Does this means that you will no longer provide your reflections about various church related issues?
Ecclesia Militans is mentioned in the article. Aren’t they the Bulletin Stuffers of yore (not that I mind)? Might they have “inserted” this into the Wanderer too? Just wondering.
Immediately after V2, everything seemed normal. But because of time bombs, the Church is crumbling. Communion in the hand was allowed; then came Communion under both species; soon after we have altar girls, and now the Mass is no longer being treated as a sacrifice. With Pope Francis, the destruction is full speed ahead as morality is changing rapidly. Vocations are way down (except for the traditional orders), churches are closing, and good and faithful priests are retiring. This is not the sign of a new springtime for the Church. Just as Christ was entombed, so too the Church is being driven underground. May God protect Fr. Richard and all loyal priests who have been hindered by church authorities from doing their duty.
Please continue to write Father Rich on the important subjects.
No one has noted that Ecclesia Militans is a group associated with the schismatic SSPX. What is a good priest doing speaking to such a group?
Father Richard, thank you for being a faithful Catholic priest. Through your priestly example and teaching, many have returned to the Catholic Church, and have had their faith enlightened and strengthened. May God love, bless and be with you. Please keep us all in your prayers. Even though you will be a hermit, please contribute to cal-catholic and other websites so we can be kept well informed. Go with God!
Some conservative Protestant friends are also following the Benedict option (named after St Benedict – founder of the Benedictine order, AKA the Trappists) and are withdrawing from modern life. However, they are moving to a small town in Idaho – not Hawaii. I would think there could be lots of distractions on Maui that could interfere with a “hermit” lifestyle. Good luck Father.
Churchill, do not judge Father Rich’s choice of Hawaii as a retirement option that has “lots of distractions”. I lived and worked on Oahu from late 1988 to mid-1989–and it was there in Honolulu, during 1988 Christmas midnight Mass, that I returned to Jesus Christ and the regular practice of the Catholic faith. I was the only “haole” (Caucasian) at that Mass, in a sea of dark-haired Asian people, yet felt totally at home. Above all, at that Honolulu Mass, I realized that I missed the Catholic faith that my mother and grandmother had imparted to me in earliest childhood, and began practicing it faithfully again from that day forward. The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways–including in Hawaii.
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Mere words cannot express the great good that Our Lord Jesus Christ has done for San Diego Catholics by sending us Father Richard Perozich. Always, Father has pointed us to Jesus. Always, Father has exhorted we laity to holiness. Yet, for his many efforts to lead souls to Christ and to proclaim perennial Church teaching, he has been sadly and falsely maligned by those who should have been his staunchest advocates and supporters. How we will miss him here in San Diego! Our loss is the Diocese of Honolulu’s great gain. No matter where he lands, Father Perozich will minister to souls with truth, without tickling ears, which is exactly what is needed in today’s society. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for those who have recourse to…