An excellent way to help Fr. Parker and all the sidelined priests is to write letters to both the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and the Apostolic Nuncio to The United States, asking for its intervention in the problems Bishop Malloy has brought upon the Diocese of Rockford. You can simply write the Cardinal Prefect, Marc Ouellet and copy the nuncio. A few points to keep in mind:
- Keep the letter to one page if at all possible.
- Do not write one big letter with signatures but rather separate letters; even married couples should write separate letters.
- Send directly to Congregation for Bishops and copy directly to the apostolic nuncio. Fedex is best for Rome but it is not cheap. So if you do send via Rome with USPS make sure the post office sends it “air mail.” (Addresses are below)
- Hammer them with facts not emotion. Keep the letter respectful and avoid ad hominem attacks.
- Always start a letter to a Cardinal with the title of “Your Eminence.”
- Feel free to mention the problems in the diocese: the roughly 20 priests who have either been sidelined, or forced to leave the priesthood or depart to other dioceses; vocations drying up (Fr. Parker was 1 of 12 ordained, Fr. Black was 1 of 8, Fr. Lovell 1 of 7, and Fr. Brodeski was 1 of 6; now the diocese is lucky to ordain 3; 1 will be ordained next year, and in a couple of years we will have no ordinations scheduled). There is also the issue of his mismanagement of the sum of 2 Million dollars trust fund left by the Late Fr. Ed Hughes for our retired priests. Supposedly Bishop Malloy insisted on using some of that money for “diocesan operations.” You need to give reasons that would possibly trigger a Vatican investigation.
- The sooner the better. hundreds if not thousands of letters should be arriving in Rome as soon as possible.
Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Prefect
Congregation of Bishops
Palazzo della Congregazioni 00193
Piazza Pio XII, 10
Archbishop Christophe Pierre
Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S.A.
3339 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008