What does discipleship cost? That was a good question on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary time this year, as we hear from the Gospel about the need to "hate" our loved ones, in order to commit ourselves fully to the Gospel.
Once again, the story of a conversation that St. Theresa had with Jesus comes to mind:
Sometimes, however, she couldn't avoid complaining to her closest Friend about the hostility and gossip that surrounded her. When Jesus told her, "Teresa, that's how I treat my friends" Teresa responded, "No wonder you have so few friends." But since Christ has so few friends, she felt they should be good ones. And that's why she decided to reform her Carmelite order.Father Mark Gruber is a well known Benedictine monk. He teaches or at least he taught anthropology until recently, at St.Vincent College in Latrobe PA. He is a well known author and retreat master. He provided guidance and instruction to students in a common room that also contained the computer that he used for his own purposes, and which was available to all who entered the room. It was not secured in any way. Someone viewed homosexual pornographic images from the computer and someone had installed software to remove traces of browsing, though apparently did not remove the last images from the computer. The police were called and investigated, and laid no charges since none of the images were of youth, and were therfor not illegal, even if they were disgusting.
Yet, Father Gruber was effectively removed from all but the most basics of life. Here is a newspaper article about the suit that Father Mark Gruber has filed against various parties involved in kicking him to the curb at St. Vincent College in Latrobe PA. To give better context to the suit here also is an earlier article when the manure and fan blades converged originally.
It certainly appears that Father Gruber has been wrongly accused, and the below letter from a student John J. Allen, supports Father Gruber. In the letter, some of the detail of the original non-case against Fr. Gruber is told. I have reproduced the letter because in its original location, it was difficult to read, as the html code was showing, which removed all formatting in the document.