....as an old retireing catholic priest says. The church is deeply divided and its all our fault.<quoted text>
As far as drinking goes, yes, he is. He's not a puppet. If he doesn't cooperate with the help God provides for him, he's sunk.
God doesn't grow back the leg of an amputee. He does, however, provide a prothesis and physical therapists to teach the person to walk again. If they refuse the help, they're wheel-chair bound for life.
Now maybe he drank to self-medicate and has overcome his emotional/mental problems to the degree that he no longer desires to drink. But what if a tragedy occurs in his life and he falls into despair again? Or maybe God performed a miracle and removed the alcoholism from his body. Do you really want to be responsible for his finding out? Stop enabling him. You're thwarting God's work.
...the worldwide church is in crisis mode...
you will NEVER hear the vatican claim its all their fault. Its never their fault........for anything, and they will tell you that....... UNBELIEVABLE!