Popular Lakeshore Area Priest Resigns
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Comstock Park, MI

#41 Jun 12, 2009
farewell wrote:
Actually it WAS at his confession and I saw father separately. I am not a liar. I was not looking for penance for him. He is the one who told me because he himself thought it was odd.I was not asking for anyone's opinion, I was merely saying Good Riddance to Father Phil!! Divorce is a lot easier than working on your marriage I guess. Good for you. I guess Father Phil took the easy road too. I am not judging you or Father Phil ...just saying GOOD BYE!!
Didn't imply that you were a liar. No way.
You didn't make it clear that it was your husband who told you he did not receive a penance from Fr. Phil in confession. From your post it seemed like you meant your husband should have gotten a penance during a joint counselling session. No, it's wasn't easier to get a divorce than work on my marriage..why do you think I went to a priest for counselling? But after years of black eyes, bloody noses, bruises and "other women"...it was divorce or take more abuse and heartache and have our children abused and/or psychologically damaged for life. It appears you are assuming that you did the right thing and I just bailed.

Cheboygan, MI

#42 Jun 21, 2009
Father Phil has made a huge impact on many of the parishoners at OLL. He has been a great blessing and always encourged us to be the best that we can be in our lives. He has done so much with the families at OLL and we are grateful that we were blessed with all of Father Phil's wisdom that he shared with us. We will miss you, Father and wish you the best in all that you do.
Still feeling the sting

Scottsdale, AZ

#43 Feb 9, 2013
Fr. Phil was a philanderer dirt bag, condescending ego-maniac, the worst priest a parish or diocese could have, and an all-around low-life. Hopefully he didn't abandon his child or the married paramour he decided to have sex with in both his parish office and rectory.

Those of you who thought he was a "good man" are either delusional or have a low expectation of those who are supposed to be the shepherds of your spiritual lives.

Holland, MI

#44 Feb 27, 2014
You are a complete jerk. Have you ever done ANYTHING wrong? Actually, he is a wonderful father and is raising his son along with the mother of his child. You have no idea what either has been through in their lives so you can't judge. As for the Catholic Church - there are definitely NO flaws there are there? Completely laughable. I am grateful Phil showed me the true nature of the Catholic Church and all of it's ridiculous cover-ups and greediness. I still hold out hope that the new Pope will bring it around, but I am skeptical that anything run by humans will ever be something trustworthy.
Known for a while

Holland, MI

#45 Dec 12, 2015
Very Sad at OLL wrote:
Father would not have abandoned his church if there was not a good reason. I for one hope he finds peace with his personal struggles. Father Phil really did a great job growing the young families in the church, he really breathed new life into the church.
I don't believe for a second that he gave "farewell" that advice. They must have taken it out of context. I could see him saying if you want the marriage to survive you need to move on and forgive/forget, but I do not believe he would condone it and say that's how it is.
Father Phil had a child with another parishioner and was too embarrassed to come out about it. He quit and has never returned

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