Don Reto Nay, of the diocese of Chur in Switzerland, is a wonderful priest. I knew him years ago when he was teaching in Gaming in Lower Austria. I often served Mass for him, and the witness of his great reverence for the Holy Sacrifice was one of the chief inspirations of my own desire to become a priest. I was very glad that he was able to preach at my first Mass in 2011.
He is a man who has suffered much in his life, and been thwarted and misunderstood at every turn. Now I am sorry to hear he is to be dismissed from the pastoral care of his parish, Sedrun, over controversy surrounding gloria.tv, a youtube-style website that he co-founded. Gloria.tv has posted a rather sharp attack on the German bishops’ recent statements on the so-called morning after pill. One can admit that the video in question was lacking in the sort of reverence for the successors of the Apostles that should characterize even legitimate critique, but it still is sad that Don Reto’s excellent work in Sedrun should now be brought to an abrupt end. Don Reto has given his own perspective on the events in an interview. Please keep him in your prayers.