More on Mallinson

Dallas Morning News
May 14, 2008

Rod Dreher here. I'd really like to know what the Dallas diocese knew about Father Mallinson's participation with St. Sebastian's Angels. A source claims that Bishop Galante, the previous auxiliary, was fully briefed at the time, but I haven't confirmed that. It's entirely possible that the new administration didn't check its Mallison file, or assumed that what Father Mallinson told them was true. Or maybe nothing was placed in the file. I don't know. But as Jeff points out, the diocese either needs to back up what Mallinson claims, or correct itself.

RCF provided me this undated e-mail from the St. Sebastian's site, from Mallinson. It reads:

I have been stalked once — due to a chat conversation. I was planning on meeting this guy for coffee sometime in the future. In the course of a chat I mentioned a place that I often visited and when I would go. I thought nothing of it. But then one day this total stranger tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if I was K, my on line nick [sic] — I freaked! He came to watch me and check me out!

I never thought I would feel this way — and I wasn't doing anything untoward. He didn't even know I was gay — but I knew that he was. And he knew I was a priest ... even though he didn't know my real name. But the idea that someone had come to look at me while I was unaware ... very strange.

We strike a ballance [sic] on this list — we confided feelings and secrets that we couldn't utter anywhere else — and feel liberated in doing so, while at the same time — keeping a level of distance or anonimity [sic] for security. It's a bit strange and scarry [sic] at times — but what options do we have?

Well, you could try living out your vow of celibacy, for one. Or joining a support group of priests struggling to deal with their sexuality in healthy ways, and not dealing with it by arranging anonymous encounters on the Internet.

There's a lot of pathos in this, actually. The skulking, the clandestine meeting arranged on the Internet, the loneliness, the burden of his secret and his desires. No one can deny the humanity of a man in this priest's position. But I deeply doubt that anyone so conflicted about the tension between his nature and his calling as a celibate priest has any business in active ministry. Surely Father Mallinson's superiors at the chancery when this was discovered must have been able to see that here was a priest in crisis. And yet?

Has he resolved his crisis? This is not a matter of indifference to his parishioners, or shouldn't be.


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