South Buffalo pastor authors songs in response to Catholic Church scandals

Veteran-priest hopes to offer encouragement to abuse victims and other priests struggling to live their vocation.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Fr. Bill Quinlivan, pastor at St. Martin of Tours and St. Thomas Aquinas churches in South Buffalo, is well-known for his use of music in his ministry. But the scandals involving the Catholic Church have now inspired him to release an album of songs and prayers that he wrote in response to the church crisis.

“I said this is either the worst possible time to do songs about the priesthood or the best possible time; if it is offering encouragement to people – which is my prayer,” said Fr. Quinlivan.

The album is titled “I Call You Brothers” and is a reflection of what it means to be a priest and the responsibilities that go along with the vocation.

“I am not ordained to serve myself. If I am not serving people, I am not living my vocation,” explained the pastor.

 Published by Ed Reilly, WKBW Buffalo

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