Catholic priest diagnosed with brain tumor offers up suffering for abuse victims

February 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest who says he prayed that God would grant him some suffering that he could offer on behalf of victims of clerical sexual abuse is offering to pray for victims by name after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Fr. John Hollowell, who recently defended the Church’s practice of priestly celibacy on an episode of The Dr. Taylor Marshall Show, and who blogs regularly at On This Rock, announced yesterday that he has been diagnosed with a tumor and wrote that he embraces the suffering willingly.

Friends, I have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Prognosis is very good.In 2018 I asked, if it be God’s Will, that I might be given some small share of the Cross to carry for victims of priestly abuse. I embrace this willingly.More info:

— Fr. John Hollowell (@frjohnhollowell) February 13, 2020
Doctors have advised that he will have to undergo surgery to remove the tumor, as well as possibly needing radiation and chemotherapy. He says the prognosis is “very good” and that he is thankful that the potential radiation and chemotherapy “are not the severe forms that certain cancers call for.”
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