For 47 years, Fr. Bill Rowe ministered as a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Ill. He also served four years as a distinguished Air Force chaplain, and 20 years as a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. In June 2012, he was disciplined by Bishop Edward K. Braxton for insisting that the people he served were more important than some rules and regulations.

“Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues and places of honor at banquets,” Jesus said in Mark 12:38-40. “They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.”

If you believe that the People of God are more important than some papal pronouncements and ecclesiastical sanctions, raise your hand and say, “I am Fr. Rowe.”