Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Father Cals

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Father Cals

Article excerpt

Or here's a story. One time when I was an altar boy

A missionary priest arrived at our parish to conduct

A retreat. He was sort of famous and even us cynics

Among the altar corps were interested. Competition

Arose as to who would be his go-to server; we drew

Straws for it and someone joked about Christ's robe.

Somehow I won. Yes, I crowed and lorded gleefully.

Sure I did. So I was getting ready for the two events,

Getting vested, so to speak, cassocked and surpliced,

When Father Cal pulled me aside and said he would

Take over server duties. I was puzzled and started to

Debate but he was set on the matter, although gentle.

Years later I read that the missionary was a slimebag

Who raped a dozen boys and probably more. There's

All sorts of things to say here, and they should all be

Said, too, but let me choose a quiet one at the end of

The list of things that should be said-the one where

Father Cal wouldn't let something happen. …

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