Christ Church Episcopal, Martinsville

The brothers and sisters at our local Episcopal church here in Martinsville have written to us Roman Catholics.

You humble me with your kindness and support. Thank you.

14 thoughts on “Christ Church Episcopal, Martinsville

  1. Very impressive but not surprised. Tjat is simply who you are and we all love you for it. Keep on keeping on Fr Mark. This too shall pass.

  2. I am so thankful to Christ Episcopal Church for their support of Fr. Mark. It is hard to find sufficient words to say how much this means to all of us who love and support Fr. Mark. I can only guess how much this must mean to our beloved priest.
    To Fr. Mark, may you find comfort and encouragement in this expression of support. Your ministry in this area has meant so much to so very many, both Protestant and Catholic. May God bless you Fr. Mark and keep you safe.

  3. I, for one, will have a very difficult time returning to my parish after our Diocese grants us permission. We met Father Mark earlier this year, at my request. He is a compassionate Priest that was willing to listen to my ongoing concerns. After reading the saga, I just knew that God had led me to a Priest that would listen! It is the decision of the Diocese of Richmond’s to handle this matter in a rather in-compassionate way that leaves me feeling as I did as a child during her first confession; frightened and sad. At this moment I question the desire/need to return to my parish, but rather search for a non-denominational place of worship. I read my bible and discuss with my husband and may even attempt a bible study group with neighbors. My heart breaks for Father Mark as he struggles with doing that which is RIGHT vs. what the powers that be here on earth want him to do. God Bless you always Father Mark. You have touched my heart and soul.
    Sincerely In Christ,
    Jane Hanson

  4. All those in a Christian faith who really Forge ahead for Christ can see and know a good preacher when they meet them. My pastor Father Mark White is truly a soldier of Christ and I thank you for wtcriting that letter.

  5. They did not write to my Church or to this Roman Catholic. They wrote a false narrative based on fallacies.

    Here it is again …

    Once again, Fr. White was not silenced because of his concern for victims. He was disciplined because of his inappropriate, anti-Christian behavior and a lack of honesty. This is why: “I ask you, dear reader: How does an American bishop–who ostensibly pretends to care about his faithful people back home–how does he not get off the airplane at Fiumicino and immediately do this: Kneel at the Apostles’ tombs. Walk into the pope’s parlor. Kiss the Ring of the Fisherman. Then ask, “Where is the g.d. McCarrick Report, Your Holiness?! WTF? You are fricking killing us. What in the actual f?” (Or something to that effect.) But these feminized cowards in miters will do no such thing. Instead they will tweet things like, “Oh, mother, bring me my aqua vitae! I just got to meet the Successor of Peter! And he has such twinkly eyes! And amazing jowls. So cute! I just love him!”

    Fr. White was given a directive from his Bishop and that was to shut down this blog because of the questionable content above and other inappropriate comments. He AGREED to shut it down. He arbitrarily violated that order by opening it back up with the same offensive material he was directed to stop publishing. He did this under the guise of Covid-19 without express permission from the Bishop. He is still publishing the same diatribe and now calling our Bishop a “petty thug” in public.

    He was not reprimanded for defending children. That is a LIE.

    As for the abuse scandal, if you would pay attention to the Church and your Diocese and rely on facts over fantasy and stop living in 1970, you might be relieved of your constant angst in this regard. Abuse of children has been severely reduced. Priests are being reported and arrested for crimes against minors all over the country. Funny how all so-called Catholic publications, including this one, failed to report on the clergy arrested in the last two years for abuse or harassment of minors, including ones in Steubenville, Washington DC, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, etc. Many were crimes against minor females. Funny how that went ignored. Let us make this clear, there is a difference in abuse of children, sexual assault, and sexual harassment of adults. The first two are crimes. The last is not. No Priests should be permitted to do any of the above whether it is against males or females, children or adults.

    How did this happen? It happened the same way it has always happened throughout history. It happened the same way it happened with Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Anthony Weiner and Donald Trump. Money, power, corruption and deviancy.

    You can keep on wallowing in the sins of yesterday. Keep hating. Keep loathing instead of forgiving. Keep worrying about things that have already been addressed. Make up stories. Spend your days concocting fantasies and fake scenarios. Go in circles like a dog chasing its own tail. Go ahead. We already know what happened. It is not a big secret. We have known since 2002 what they did.

    The rest of us are taking on what faces us in the here and now and protecting children and adults in the here and now like mature Catholics.

    I am going to repost this over and over again. Fr. White was NOT removed because of defense of children. He was removed justly and correctly due to his foul mouth, anti-Christian behavior, and insubordination to an order he agreed to follow.

  6. Cynthia, you’ve made your point ad nauseum. I think everyone has got it by now. It doesn’t have to be repeated on every post; you aren’t changing anyone’s mind here. Now it just comes off as an obsession, which doesn’t seem very ‘mature’.

  7. I would just say all opinions are justified because we all come from different vantage points
    I may not agree but each has a right to their own thought processes. Let us all be respectful of that and each pray for the Peace of the Lord which we all must seek. The blog is another form of communicating and I am grateful for it. God bless us all.

  8. Everyone needs to know the truth including Episcopal brothers and sisters.
    Cynthia is correct.
    Fr. Mark was neither silenced because of his concern for victims, nor was reprimanded for defending children. He was DISCIPLINED because of his inappropriate, anti-Christian behavior and a lack of honesty. Fr. White was given a directive from his Bishop and that was to shut down this blog because of the questionable content and other inappropriate comments.

    Peter Simmons

  9. Fr. Mark,
    Please prayerfully consider terminating this blog. Reading the venom of your enemies is only leading me to sin and them too, whether they know it or not. They too are sinning under the disguise of being “Good Roman Catholics” declaring excommunication on those who support you, as if they had such power. The stinking pride of these people is more than I will bear any further.

    John 16
    The conclusion of Christ’s last discourse to his disciples.

    [1] These things have I spoken to you, that you may not be scandalized. [2] They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God. [3] And these things will they do to you; because they have not known the Father, nor me. [4] But these things I have told you, that when the hour shall come, you may remember that I told you of them. [5] But I told you not these things from the beginning, because I was with you. And now I go to him that sent me, and none of you asketh me: Whither goest thou?

    [6] But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow hath filled your heart. [7] But I tell you the truth: it is expedient to you that I go: for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. [8] And when he is come, he will convict the world of sin, and of justice, and of judgment. [9] Of sin: because they believed not in me. [10] And of justice: because I go to the Father; and you shall see me no longer.

    [8] “He will convict the world of sin”: The Holy Ghost, by his coming brought over many thousands, first, to a sense of their sin in not believing in Christ. Secondly, to a conviction of the justice of Christ, now sitting at the right hand of his Father. And thirdly, to a right apprehension of the judgment prepared for them that choose to follow Satan, who is already judged and condemned.

    [11] And of judgment: because the prince of this world is already judged.

    1. My dear old friend, please don’t be too hard on yourself here. We all lose our temper sometimes. And you have eloquently articulated the underlying cause.

      Mr. Simmons referred to an “out-of-control” situation. Not sure what he means. All of the disinformation that he and others have tried to shovel our way can be disproved by the documents contained under the tab above “Bishop Knestout’s Letters.” The facts involving this blog, and the controversy with the bishop–they have been publicly available for some time. It’s just a matter of familiarizing oneself with the details. Journalists like Bill Wyatt and Michelle Boorstein have taken the trouble to do that, and have summarized the situation very well.

      From my point-of-view, the situation is not out-of-control at all. I will go back to reviewing all submitted comments here prior to publication. It’s not the first time I have had to do that; it won’t be the last.

      I have a number of writing projects underway, with which to while away the time while we wait for the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome to act. The bishop’s decrees–removing me from the office and suspending my priestly faculties–have no legal basis. I have no doubt they will be overturned, and some semblance of normalcy will return to the happy Catholic world in Rocky Mount and Martinsville.

      We’ll get through this. God makes his sun shine on the bad and the good alike. But truth always prevails in the end.

  10. Jane Hansen has written: “I question the desire/need to return to my parish, but rather search for a non-denominational place of worship.” What do you think of that, Fr. White?

    Jane, you say you are scandalized at witnessing how “Fr. Mark struggles with doing that which is RIGHT vs. what the powers that be here on earth want him to do.” Do you not think that the “powers that be in heaven” want you to remain in Communion with the Bride of Christ? How can you say these things if you really believe that Christ makes Himself present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist through the hands of unworthy priests? Do you not believe that Christ founded the Sacrament of Confession? Jesus Christ did not found “bible alone.” He founded Sacred Tradition too, along with the teaching and ministering Office of the Apostles. What is it that you follow? A cult of personality?

  11. Saint Joseph’s will reopen for public Mass the weekend of May 24th in a limited capacity. Contact the office for additional information!

  12. It is not necessary nor correct to use this Blog to bicker and fuss with each other. Let’s concentrate on our beloved Father Mark by standing with him. After knowing this man I have no doubt in his faith nor his Love for it . One thing is for sure,If I can’t listen to him deliver the word of God I don’t know who I am going to listen To. I am definitely not going to listen to someone who is supporting evil works!

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