Gaylord Diocesan Watch is on its fifth year of service to the Diocese of Gaylord.  Throughout all of these years, our goal has been simple:  to assist the Bishop of the Diocese, its, clergy, and the faithful in promoting authentic Catholic teaching. Canon 215 of Canon Law gives us the authority to develop this apostolate:  “The Christian faithful are at liberty freely to found and direct associations for purposes of charity or piety or for the promotion of the Christian vocation in the world and to hold meetings for the common pursuit of these purposes.”

We started this apostolate in part due to the unfortunate sacking of a priest who was courageous in his desire to have his credible sexual abuse charges addressed.  Instead of a thorough and thoughtful investigation into the allegations, the priest who was charged with the allegations was not removed from ministry but allowed to continue without any restrictions.  Meanwhile, the priest (supported by witnesses) who presented the charges was temporarily banished.  Through much prayer and petition, he was brought back to active ministry.

After this incident began, it was obvious that the Diocese had more problems on its plate than just one priest’s temporary banishment.  This led to Gaylord Diocesan Watch being a faith-based, open, and transparent organization fully in the Spirit of Vatican II.  According to Canon 212, Catholics “have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.”

This has been the goal of Gaylord Diocesan Watch for the past 5 years.  From priestly misconduct to praise of good things happening in the Diocese, our mission continues.  We receive all of our support from the prayers and donations of our readers.  The team donates all of their time free of charge.

We have tried on numerous occasions to meet with our Bishop.  So far, Bishop Walsh has refused to sit down and get to know us personally.  We hope and pray that he will have the inspiration and shepherdly desire to interact with his flock.

Throughout its 5 year history, Gaylord Diocesan Watch has provided over 200 posts for its readers.  We stand by each one and will continue this mission as long as it is, in our best reflection, the desire of the Holy Spirit.  Please continue to pray for our apostolate to the faithful of the Diocese of Gaylord.