Father Alfred Kunz Remembered

From the Capital Times:

The Rev. Alfred Kunz was a unique priest, Monsignor Delbert Schmelzer told about 100 people assembled for Mass at Holy Redeemer Church in downtown Madison Tuesday night to remember Kunz, 10 years to the day he was found murdered at St. Michael Catholic Church in the village of Dane in northern Dane County.

“He was unique in personality, unique in faith, unique in dedication and unique in what a priest really was and what the priesthood really meant,” said Schmelzer, a seminary classmate of Kunz.

After the Latin Mass, Schmelzer called Kunz a very spiritual man, but also hard-nosed.

“He told it like it was,” sometimes getting in trouble for his strong and clear messages about marital fidelity and abortion, Schmelzer said. “He wasn’t afraid of anything.” …

Kunz was an expert on Church law who was consulted by religious leaders across the country. He was an uncompromisingly traditionalist priest who gained a regional following for his Latin masses and was revered as a confessor. He was also known for performing exorcisms.

That’s the Father Kunz I remember, a dedicated priest of God.