Around the Boston Archdiocese

BCI has a bit of a backlog of topics we want to cover and we apologize that other responsibilities by the team are limiting us right now to blogging about once a week.

As BCI approaches two years with the blog, we have also begun to think about where we want to go with the blog so as to continue our ministry of helping the Boston Archdiocese get on the straight and narrow—and remain there.

The topics on our radar screen or on our list to cover fall into these general categories:

  • Fiscal management (including excessive six-figure salaries, breaches of fiduciary responsibility, expenses and allocation of donor funds, pension deception, and an inexplicable $8M Caritas pension plan write-off)
  • Leadership vacuum at the top: ongoing problem which often manifests itself via diocesan statements; diocesan actions or lack thereof in the face of problems;  and people/organizations of questionable background who Cardinal O’Malley closely associates with, supports or endorses.
  • Pastoral planning: the gift that will keep on giving for years into the future. Hand-in hand with this is the generally battered state of the Boston presbyterate
  • Moral condition of the Boston archdiocese.  Several readers have asked us to comment on how, in this a national election year, we continue to see a diminished voice of Cardinal O’Malley and the local Catholic Church in public policy and with voting Catholics.

That is a tall order to keep up.  Here are a few quick highlights of things you may want to know ahead of our blogging about them in more depth:

  •  The diocesan public relations firm, Rasky Baerlein, has been paid $130,000 by the Committee for Compassionate Medicine, to run PR around legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes and getting a ballot question before Massachusetts voters in November.  Perhaps Ann Carter, a Catholic and CEO of Rasky Barelein,  along with the principals of the firm are unfamiliar with the 2001  Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry pastoral handbook “Church, Drugs, and Drug Addiction” which instructed that cannabis use is “incompatible with Christian morality” because it is an intoxicant that dims reason and potentially is damaging to the integrity of one’s body and soul. We hope they see this post and abandon their work on the campaign immediately, or the archdiocese determines that ongoing Rasky work on this campaign is sufficiently incompatible with Catholic values that the archdiocese must find a new PR firm.
  • Friend of Cardinal O’Malley and diocesan advisor/Finance Council member/Catholic schools fund-raiser, Jack Connors,  is apparently still on board with trying to help anti-Catholic, pro-abortion President Obama win in November, saying, “we have a fight on our hands” to defeat Mitt Romney:

Jack Connors, a major Boston-based Obama fund-raiser who made his fortune in advertising, said overconfidence may be hurting the president’s fund-raising.

“Some people don’t see Romney as a threat,’’ he said. “They say, ‘Look how far behind Romney is with women; the president is going to be reelected easily.’ But I think folks will come to their senses and realize we have a fight on our hands. You can’t let one party or one special interest fight with F-16s and you only have BB guns.’’

After praising Women & Spirit (a museum exhibit devoted to the contributions of women religious to American life), the cardinal added:

Allow me also, both personally and on behalf of Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, to thank you for having responded to the call to religious life. The Church is grateful for all that your communities have done, and continue to do, to advance the mission of the Church, especially in the areas of health care, education, social services and pastoral ministry, as are highlighted in the exhibit.

…The Church needs your gifts of perseverance, commitment and fidelity, and your unique charism, as guided by the Holy Spirit. Please know that your ministry is greatly valued. …

Fast forward to 2012.   The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith recently reported, “The current doctrinal and pastoral situation of the LCWR is grave and a matter of serious concern.”

“issues of crucial importance in the life of the Church and society, such as the Church’s Biblical view of family life and human sexuality, are not part of the LCWR agenda in a way that promotes Church teaching. Moreover, occasional public statements by the LCWR that disagree with or challenge positions taken by the Bishops, who are the Church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals, are not compatible with its purpose.”

The CDF said, “The Assessment reveals serious doctrinal problems which affect many in Consecrated life,” calling it a crisis “characterized by a diminution of the fundamental Christological center and focus of religious consecration.”

These are just a few highlights of upcoming posts.  Feel free to comment on the issues and topics raised above.  We will get to these and other topics as quickly as we can.

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44 Responses to Around the Boston Archdiocese

  1. Capt Crunch says:

    Cardinal Sean,
    With all do respect from one of your sheep, poop or get off the pot.

    Boston was one of the largest Catholic communities in the United States; it is now a mere whimper of what it was. The RCAB continues to be an imp compared to what it was due to the lack of leadership in the face of modernism and americanism so present in this area.

    St. John Chrysostom, once said “The road to hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.”

    Allow the the FSSPX or ICKRS into Boston. The NeoCatuchemual Way is not the answer. Please support our local priests!!!!

    BCI, among the fiscal improprieties please add “The Good Catholic Life” on wqom AM radio. If the archdiocese of Boston is funding this program it must stop. The Good Catholic Life is an impediment to the Faith and I” refuse to contribute to anything that supports this program. Send Jack Connors back to HHCC; if he can handle that…

    These are the charges as recorded this day…

    April, 28, 2012.
    Faithfully submitted.
    Capt Crunch…
    Sheep of the RCAB

    • Sue says:

      Capt Crunch, I don’t understand your criticism about OUR Redemptoris Mater seminarians. This diocese is blessed enough to have three fine seminaries and I have personally met seminarians from two of them and without exception the seminarians are dedicated and spirit filled. Please pray for vocations.

      • Sue,
        Thank you for your response. Just to be clear from the BCI post, we are not criticizing the seminaries, or any seminarians themselves.

        Re the Neocatechumentates, there is the matter of their controversial liturgies, which is well documented publicly and was the topic of January comments by the Vatican. You may also want to look into a few aspects of how the Neocatechumenates are operating here in Boston–specifically, how much the Neocatecumenates have gotten in financial support or funding over recent years from the archdiocese and SJS, how many men have actually been ordained, the extent of their travel outside of the U.S. on itinerancy years, and how many have stayed in Boston after ordination,

    • The Latin Mass is the only way to go. The only way this will happen is the Pope has to appoint a traditionalist archbishop for Boston, or seminarians will not learn it. SJS is full of modernism with the exception of one seminarian I know indirectly from my parish.

      I have a friend who will be ordained for the Worcester Diocese in June who plans to say the TLM, but the Bishop of Worcester doesn’t like tradition, so I hope he gets to serve in a place without scrutiny.

      • Jack O'Malley says:

        Chris,

        Your heart and mind are clearly in the right place. But it isn’t going to happen. Benedict XVI is not by any stretch of the imagination a traditionalist. He (a former V2 peritus) is committed to his so-called “hermeneutic of continuity”, an instance of intellectual inversion that even the Jebbies could not have devised.

        So O’Malley will remain. Furthermore he has the blessing of Bernard Lawless who is still an éminence grise in the Curia. And by grise I mean the éminence noire diabolique.

        Just forget B16. He issues “motu proprios” rather than Apostolic Constitutions. He is playing poker with the FSSPX (SSPX) to hedge his bets on the long-term future of the Church. He is parlaying a claim to an historical legacy. The Neo-catatonics (not my term — pace Mr. PKTP on Rorate Caeli) are his doing also.

        How is it that the disgruntled Henrician Anglicans have been admitted to the august communion with the Holy See despite centuries of the vilest contumelies against “papists”, yet the manifest upholders of Tradition as personified in the saintly missionary Archbishop Lefebvre must sign a fictitious loyalty oath? All well and good that the Prods are back in the Church but why have they not long since converted individually, were their ultramontane faith so strong? As it is they are mere novus ordo sectarians for the most part.

        And Wojtyła is now a “blessed”? He who excommunicated that one courageous self-sacrificing hero of Tradition? He who bowed before Buddha on the altar of Assisi? He who was exorcised by a bare-breasted witch? He who kissed the coran, a manifesto of anti-Catholic filth and a blueprint for world domination? He merits sainthood? He is a laughingstock among the Church Triumphant, an ignominy to the Church Militant, an agony to the Church Suffering. Santo subito? Santo mai!

        The FSSP cannot be a solution (do they even have a parish in the archdiocese?) because it is under the jackboot sandal of the smiling kindly Franciscan and his self-enriching boyars in the laity. The FSSPX alone can reverse the trend but they are nowhere to be found here. Ergo, what remains?

        Let us hope that the regularisation of the FSSPX in a structure independent of V2 sycophants like O’Malley rejuvenates the Church in Boston. If the FSSPX accepts a structure which places them under the whim of the local ordinary, then the Catholic Church is doomed.

        Perhaps the good people from Squantum’s Star of the Sea could write to Bishop Fellay requesting their liturgical and financial intervention. Let the restoration of the Church begin.

      • Sue says:

        I do not understand the notion that if we revert to the traditional Latin Mass all will be well. If it wasn’t for Pope Victor I, our Mass might still be in Greek, if it wasn’t for Gregory I we wouldn’t have the Canon we have today. Many of the components of the traditional Latin Mass weren’t even formally introduced until the 15th and 16th centuries. As a child I had no deep understanding of the liturgy, it’s significance or the meaning of many of the parts of the Mass. I remember the priests of our parish mumbled a lot and I wasn’t allowed to be an altar boy, so I was never provided any real instruction. It wasn’t until the 1960′s and 1970′s that I obtained a real appreciation for it. I would never want to go back.

      • Jack O'Malley says:

        Sue,

        You raise valid points and they are not easy to respond to in a combox. But let me offer just a few thoughts.

        In approximately reverse order of your points:

        I wasn’t allowed to be an altar boy, so I was never provided any real instruction. It wasn’t until the 1960′s and 1970′s that I obtained a real appreciation for it. I would never want to go back.

        We seem to be coevals. Or perhaps you are my senior? :-) But I attended the parish school for the first six grades and I can tell you that the nuns drilled the meaning of the Mass into us. I was an altar boy and the only additional instruction we received was in the pronunciation of the Latin responses — the meaning of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was taught to boys and girls in the school.

        Why should girls not be altar boys? Because they are girls. Why should women not be priests? Because they are women. Many vocations were fostered among the altar boys – I myself considered the priesthood for a while. (Female pulchritude later drew me from an apparently not very serious vocation!) Evidently catechesis was faulty at your parish or perhaps you attended the public shool.

        Pope Victor … Gregory etc.

        There is much dispute about the early conditions in Rome — whether the Mass was in Greek or Latin. I would guess that among Roman converts the Holy Sacrifice was pronounced or sung in Latin and among the Greek residents in Greek. As you undoubtedly know the Eastern Rites and the Orthodox have used the national language for the Liturgy. But that language is generally an antique form of the vernacular — very roughly similar to the antiquated English used in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

        To be precise, the koine Greek is far removed from the vernacular modern Greek, though there is a certain comprehensibility to it. But it must be explained by the priest in his sermon. But the issue is not the language per se. It is the maintenance of a two millenia tradition that ties us to our forbears in the Faith. The novus ordo abomination is a paltry mummery of the Cranmerian protestant and vehemently anti-Catholic non-liturgy of Elizabeth I. If this is what you want, then the Episcopalians will embrace you with open arms, their laity, their priestesses, their sodomite bishops. Beware such an embrace. That is not a religion. It is institutionalized narcissism and perversion.

        I do not understand the notion that if we revert to the traditional Latin Mass all will be well.

        It won’t. But the abuses, heterodoxies and heresies of the post-conciliar era will have been eliminated. It was a bad experiment. An experiment not mandated by Vatican II (despite the rupture with Tradition of that Council). Let us proceed in reverse order here as well. Consign the novus ordo to the trash bin of liturgical history where it belongs. Ratzinger is not the man for this job. Hopefully it will occur with a future pontificate.

        Let traditional orders of priests and nuns be revived. This will entail the dying off of the queers and lesbians that currently have sway.

        I hope I have responded to a few of you points. The Church is in crisis. A crisis caused by the Council and by the subversion of the Mass by the masons and their henchman Bugnini. The crisis will perdure for a century more. But the Church will emerge again triumphant.

        Benedicat te Deus et restauretur Missa Vera. (God bless you and let the True Mass be restored.)

  2. Capt Crunch says:

    Hi Sue,

    For the record Sue, I always pray for vocations as well as the Cardinal and our Archdiocese.

    The Pastoral Planning is combining parishes because there aren’t enough priests, right? Yet the seminaries are full, why not hold the fort for a few years until the seminarians are ready and make a transition to the younger priests? We’re being called to evangelize but shrinking the number of parishes. Something is missing here…

    How about making the Extraordinary Form Mass more available? “Traditional” communities seem to be thriving, seminaries and convents are filling up. Why is there little to no investment in that method of evangelization in the RCAB? Are the current seminarians being trained in Extraordinary Form?

    Is this what is going on at the Redemptoris Mater seminary?

    http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2012/01/magister-on-neocatechumenal-way-liturgy.html

    Will this be our future?

    • Capt Crunch,
      Thank you for your comments. One point you made merits some clarification. Yes, we are hearing that SJS is “full,” but it should be noted that many of the current seminarians are from other dioceses (Manchester, Hartford, etc.) and will not serve in Boston after they are ordained. Many current seminarians are also from the Neocatechumentate Way, and although they are supposed to serve in Boston after ordination, that requirement is only for several years and then they can be excardinated and sent elsewhere. Lastly, a large number of the rooms previously used for housing SJS seminarians are now gone, having been sold to Boston College. So, “full” is based on a smaller number of rooms available at SJS than the seminary had in the past.

      Sorry to report, but unfortunately, “holding the fort” for a few years until the current group of seminarians is ordained will not exactly solve the problem.

      • Capt Crunch says:

        BCI, thank you for the clarification.

      • Sue says:

        We should all rejoice each time a priest is ordained. We are a one holy catholic and apostolic Church, not just the local Church of Boston, Lowell, Natick or Acton. I personally don’t care if they are studying for Hartford, as long as good men are getting ordained.

      • Sue, We do rejoice every time a priest is ordained as well! Our point was simply that a “full” Boston seminary does not mean that the ranks of the Boston Presbyterate will grow dramatically in a few years such that we will not have any staffing problems. Since many of the newly ordained will go back to other dioceses, we cannot count the number of out-of-state seminarians in the equation as future priests in Boston.

  3. curious says:

    Whoever runs this website is clearly highly intelligent, and,
    a devout catholic. I am confused by the desire to sell parishes
    though………particularly if the group truly loves the church (which I believe it does). I also do not understand the desire to sell the parishes because according to this website the money is not
    well spent or invested. If the logic is that keeping the parishes
    and highly valuable and in one case stunningly beautiful land
    is too costly, yet if it is sold the monies are not wisely reallocated:
    why not just keep the property? The value will continue to
    slide (i.e. taxes will go down). Also, once it is gone…it is gone.

    • Curious, Thank you for your message and for the compliment. This website/blog hates to see any parish close and is not advocating selling parishes. Perhaps you are referring to a reader comment? BCI is simply saying we do not think it is productive to occupy a parish while appeals are under way regarding a closing decree.

  4. Objective Observer says:

    The bishop of any diocese has a lot of responsibility. He needs people to help him follow through on these responsibilities. I get that. But there are some responsibilities of the ordinary that really can’t be delegated, even to an auxiliary, vicar for clergy, or Vicar General.

    The primary responsibility that comes to mind that literally requires his personal, direct contact is care of the presbyterate. The ordinary needs to know each priest and call him by name. He needs to KNOW the men, not merely know about them. He needs to hear them. He needs to see them. He needs to ponder what is best for them. The vows taken at transitional and presbyteral ordination are not a one-way street. The duty of the ordinary to the presbyterate is the foundation of those vows. It’s a quid pro quo of stark simplicity.

    Sean O’Malley does not seem to do a lot of anything. With all the PR people and handlers around him, either he manages to not do much except travel, or the people around him manage to make it look like he doesn’t do anything. Please do not tell me that a photo opp with children in plaid uniforms counts as working. Ditto having dinner with the Neo-Cats. If I never see either of those items again in his blog, I’ll be grateful.

    How many priests have stepped away from active ministry in the past three years? Of those how many died or were retired? How many were accused of abuse? Those numbers are not as high as they were in 2002-2004. Since 2008, very few of those in active ministry went the way of retirement, the DA’s office or their final rest.

    What happened to the others who left ministry? Could any of this remainder group, with the right leadership and guidance from their ordinary since 2003, have remained in ministry and been effective? Could the circumstances that led to their leaving been mitigated or prevented if their ordinary had made a point of being their shepherd?

    Nine years is plenty of time to get to know 650 people who are critical to the mission. Remember, “In persona Christi” is their job description. Have dinner with 15 of them one night per week. Put out the calendar of nights and let them sign up. Don’t expect them to settle for tomato soup and crackers.
    Whatever you do give your handler/lieutenants the night off.

    Listen to the priests, yes. But then for the Lord’s sake, once you have heard them ACT! If a priest needs to go to Guest House, YOU tell him that, then call him each week he’s there. If a priest has buried one or both of his parents after helping care for them while running two parishes, give him six weeks off, and use your frequent flier miles to send him to visit his friends or family. If a priest is depressed, yes offer him therapy and/or meds, but also ask him what YOU need to do to help HIM. What changes does HE need? And if a guy needs to hear that he has to change his ways, YOU tell him that, and tell him that you will have his back so long as he makes good on the changes.

    And don’t get your news of priests through filters — even other priests. Your loyal lieutenants have as their job description to protect you. From what, I’m not sure, but they err if they “protect” you from the 650 men who have given their lives and their vows to you.

    But am I asking the impossible? Is this ordinary capable of this primary duty? If he is not, the answer cannot be to substitute others to do this duty for him, no matter how well-intentioned they are. The answer is for the present ordinary to go to work in a multi-lingual dicastery, and let the head of the bishop’s conference, who seems to grasp the job of ordinary exceptionally well, find someone who can do the job in Boston.

    • ACS says:

      This is the BEST post I’ve seen in all the time I’ve been reading BCI! Thanks to Objective Observer. And, let’s continue to pray for our priests who need our support and that of the Cardinal.

    • curious says:

      Agreed. Probably the best are reserved and understated
      versus individuals more adept at “self-aggrandizing.”

    • DBP says:

      Objective Observer – you have described the situation with the Cardinal vis-a-vis his priests extremely well. Many of us have been left with the distinct impression that we can be thrown under the bus at any time to forestall any possibility of bad publicity or complaint. How can the covenantal relationship between us and our spiritual father, the bishop, survive the repeated reminders that we are merely ballast, to be thrown overboard at the first sign of trouble for the ship?

      Just today an announcement was released by Terry Donilon about a priest who was “exonerated” after being charged with something. The announcement went on to say that (regardless of his innocence) he now will be assigned to only “restricted ministry” with his own family.

      How many men are there in the diaspora who have been falsely accused, or who have done something careless but not illegal, or who have fallen afoul of the Cardinal’s “filters” and who are now in a similar situation with only “restricted ministry” available to them while the Archdiocese (and other dioceses) struggle without enough priests to serve the people of God?

      No wonder I sign myself “Disgusted Boston Priest.”

      • JUST WONDERING says:

        DBP “JUST WONDERING” weeps with you. ‘JUST WONDERING’ shares your views and “Objective Observer.” Putting it “out there, unfortunately, will not resolve the problems.”
        So far to my knowledge two priests were “exonerated” but given limited “faculties with their familiies.” With the shortage of Priests this resolution is an absolute disgrace. And the two Priests are still “left in limbo”. When will Mother Church start being a “Loving Mother,..A guiding Mother…A trusting Mother? We desperately need one!

      • Marie says:

        Just Wondering, DBP, Observer,

        Forgive my ignorance but where is your sounding board, where is your support system?

        Marie

      • curious says:

        To: DBP

        This having been expressed. Priests should realize that parishioners would like to be able to talk with their priests
        without the filters of other individuals, too. Sometimes it is
        not always easy to talk to a priest about something that does not fit neatly in to a “confession”. And, there are some individuals at some parishes that sort of take over and insert themselves as barriers. They may have the best of intentions and think they know best, when actually they do not. Just because some parishioners gather at various church activities does not necessarily mean that important family information is shared.
        In other words, most parishioners believe that priests can be relied upon to be trusted with personal information, therefore,
        most with rather talk directly with a priest if possible.

  5. Mack says:

    Thanks, BCI, for your reporting which is always good. I’m very surprised the RCAB is devotion money to the marijuana issue–what are they doing about the suicide issue that will be on the ballot? That should trump anything else right now, as it is extremely important that this not pass in the fall.
    In regard to the cardinal’s remarks to the LCWR, I don’t see that as anything more than the usual blather of trying to make people feel good. I think most of the sisters are definitely dedicated to their mission and to the Church. The problem with the LCWR is their philosophy about religious life, which as the Vatican letter points out, quoting from one of their keynote addresses, some sisters have moved “beyond the Church and beyond Jesus.” Now that’s the real problem! Those in that camp may be good women, but hardly Catholic.

    • Capt Crunch says:

      Sounds kind of like what Fr Kramer is saying in this video.

      http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/#655194657663198391

    • Mack, You are very welcome! Thank you for the positive feedback! Just to clarify, the RCAB is not devoting money to the marijuana issue. It is simply that their public relations firm, Rasky Baerlein, is being paid by a 3rd party to do PR work in support of the ballot question to legalize marijuana for medical use.

      Regarding the LCWR, it could be the usual blather; however, the Cardinal did go beyond just giving his support on behalf of the committee he chaired to also offer his personal support. There may be a little more to it, as we will cover in a future post.

      • Mack says:

        Thanks, BCI. I’m interested in finding out more about the cardinal’s relationship to the LCWR. Looking forward to your post.

  6. Also curious says:

    Curious,
    I agree with BCI that the vigils are counterpoductive. I would like to point out the waste of RCAB funds as well. Snow removal, electric bills, grass cutting, water and sewer, ect . My challenge to all who engage in these vigils is this: find a way for the parish to financially support itself. Either reduce annual expenses or generate income
    rish is held to the same esteem as your family o career do you not w

    • Marie says:

      Also Curious (and BCI),

      Counterproductive and waste is shuttering a church and letting it go back on the tax rolls: Mary Star of the Sea Squantum, $40,000. tax “gift” to the City of Quincy. Do the math: A building in Residential Zone A (single family home zone, unlike a lot of closed churches that are in commercial zones), assessed value approximately $2,000,000. by the City and sale value, according to the opinion of a Boston Real Estate firm, approximately $800,000. which is the equivalent of 4 buildable house lots in this market. A mere drop in the bucket toward the financial needs of the Archdiocese.

      The vigilers are not counterproductive, they are cartakers until common sense returns, occupying space that was meant to be occupied by the Catholic faithful, probably built by the Catholic faithful (Mary Star of the Sea was).

      I am of the impression that you are saying you do not shovel, you let the church go dark, you do not cut the grass, you allow it to become a blight to the neighborhood. If you saw the condition of the Mary statue, you would be appalled, but, it appears that would meet your expectations of the Archiocese’s caretaking responsibility of a shuttered church. The Catholic faithful of Mary Star of the Sea have offered to be caretakers, painters, gardeners. And, quite frankly, they would have made great vigilers.

      It is in the best interest of all to reopen Mary Star of the Sea as a place of worship.

      Marie

      • Stephen says:

        Approach the SSPX and see it they would like to come to Boston in an appropriate and dignified way. I believe currently they offer the Latin Mass in the basement of some office building in the Boston area. (I am serious) Listen for the quiver in the voice of the diocese when you offer such a suggestion. It is a great blessing to be part of the Church, the church established by the incarnate God, truly present at the sacrifice of the Mass in the form of Bread.

      • Marie says:

        Stephen,

        I am still working on the “straw buyer” scheme! Who I wonder waits in the wings.

        I become better educated and more aware with every blog left here.

        Marie

      • Serviam says:

        The same can be said of Holy Trinity (German) Church [HTC] in the South End. It’s historic and patrimonial significance to the Church and the City of Boston at large should not be minimized. Currently, there is a move afoot by the Boston Redevelopment Authority [BRA] and developers to take the entire block. No longer a place of worship, the political apparatus of the City of Boston has imposed a stiff property tax on the property. The legalized extortion is now forcing the Archdiocese [RCAB]‘s hand to unload HTC into the hands of the BRA and interested developers, who have strong ties to both the City and the Pastoral Center. The potential ethical conflict of interest is astounding but continues to fester. Isn’t interesting that Peter Meade that formerly headed the Meade-Eisner Reconfiguration Review Committee for the Cardinal, now heads the BRA. Do you think any inside information has been shared with the City? Have properties been promised political allies before any transaction? One can only conjecture, given the track record exposed on this blog.

        Our hope is His Eminence has the courage and fortitude to restore HTC as a place of worship. If he took such an extraordinary step, he would directly undermine political scavengers from within and without, more interested in short term personal gain than the long term Common Good and Mission.

        I have on good authority that both the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter [Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri or FSSP] and the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest [Institutum Christi Regis Summi Sacerdotis or ICRSS], both orders that strongly promote a full and orthodox renewal of Catholic identity, have offered proposals to take charge of both preservation and Mission at this historic House of God for the Archdiocese. The proposals included assuming responsibility for all fundraising necessary to restore, maintain and preserve the property, while providing all the necessary staffing to carry on a strong Catholic sense of Mission, critical in the New Evangelization. All Archdiocesan fundraising [Catholic Appeal, etc.] would continue as before. Truly a “win win” situation.

        What happened? Whether it was the Cardinal himself or other responsible authority, in both cases both proposals were rejected. I can only ask why? Was it a question of conflicting ecclesiology with religious institutes that promote renewal through the ancient Roman Rite [the Extraordinary Form or Traditional Latin Mass]? It is unclear to me. However, in these times we are attempting to stem a hemorrhage and this level of scrutiny seems highly inappropriate with regard to institutes that operate with the blessing of the Holy Father.

        The latest outrage is that the RCAB has ‘doctored’ the last Engineering Report to state there has been significant deterioration of structural steel in the roof, throwing into question the structural integrity of the entire structure. This conflicts with my professional observation that no significant roof leaks had occurred through 30 June 2008 [the date of suppression]. This would of course eliminate any consideration of adaptive reuse following relegation to profane use and pave the way for demolition. This would likely give developers the greatest flexibility. It would in effect complete a cycle of the destruction wrought by the BRA in the early 1960’s, under the guise of ‘urban renewal’.

        Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Pray for our Cardinal, that fiat voluntas Dei.

      • Marie says:

        Stephen,

        I think you will mightily enjoy reading “The Power List” (Boston Magazine April 2012). Not so strange “bed” fellows! Is there a “traditional” Cardinal roll in politics?

        A tragedy for Holy Trinity, Mary Star of the Sea and so many others. I selfishly wanted my neighborhood to be made whole again by opening Mary Star of the Sea, an integral part of this community; the Catholic presence. I have learned, we are not alone. There are properties that have overwhelming apparent value; I do not see that to be the case with Mary Star of the Sea, but I do feel that it has been promised. Who waits in the wings?

        Potential eithical conflict of interest? Can you eliminate the word potential and start fresh, “It is a moral and ethical conflict of interest”.

        Did you ever get a look at “Meade-Eisner”? When I first started to write regarding Mary Star of the Sea Squantum, that was what I was searching for….the written word. It has not surfaced yet. An impressive group with nothing to show for the effort.

        God’s will as opposed to the will of man?

        Marie

      • Marie says:

        Serviam.

        I am sorry. I missed your name; but, not your message.

        Marie

      • Also curious says:

        Marie,
        You will have to excuse that my full message do not come through. Technical glitch. I understand your parishioners will be great painters and landscapers. Are they also reputable masons, Roofers, electricians, plumbers, boiler technicians, fire alarm technicians, ect? Are they all willing to work and provide materials free of charge? Who is willing to pay the oil bill? How about the electric bill? Who pays it now? People get jaded that “their” church is able to support itself by having the parishioner’s paint and trim grass. What happens if a parishoner falls off a ladder and breaks their leg and can’t work for six weeks.
        It is noble to save your church. Whatever I can do to assist you I will.
        My point is that the energy used in protesting should be used in developing a way to financially support your church. Perhaps lease a large rectory or parish center for example?
        Either way when RCAB is paying your bills they become the irritated parent and the parish becomes the spoiled teenager.

      • Marie says:

        Also Curious,

        I beg that you come to Squantum.

        I beg that you see what and who Mary Star of the Sea Church in Squantum is. I beg that you see Mary Star of the Sea Church and understand why this church should not have been shuttered by the Archdioces of Boston, why this church will become either your past or your future. It will sustain you and those who support that it be re-opened.

        Yes, the Catholic faithful of this church, Mary Star of the Sea Squantum, will be all the things that are necessary to sustain this Catholic church presence, this neighborhood, this community.

        You say, “whatever I can do, I will assist you”. If you really wish to help, please come to this place (I guess this would be to put your money (your wish to help) where your mouth is). We are removed from Quincy; we are isolated in so many ways. So, Also Curious, if you are serious, if you wish to assist, please come to this place. Please assist.

        Marie

      • righting an oops.............:) says:

        Jack O’Malley says:

        May 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

        Marie is the most eloquent and heartfelt writer on this blog.

        May Star of the Sea, Stella Maris, be restored to her former glory. Come on, O’Malley, do the right thing. Reopen the Church. Garabedian has made enough. Shut him off.

        And may Tradition be restored in the Archdiocese. Recite the Novena of the Holy Ghost from May 8-th through the 16-th for the reconciliation of the SSPX (FSSPX).

        It is the Pope’s will. It is God’s Will.

        Reply

      • Marie says:

        Jack O’Malley,

        So many eloquent and heartfelt blogs left at this “place”, Serviam and Objective Observer come to mind and there are so many others.

        Not forthcoming, after the heart is bared, are the answers and implementation of changes suggested that would give credibility or make sense of so much of what appears an incomprehensible and less than transparent Archdiocese of Boston agenda. The Archdiocese of Boston lockstep, if you will. Will it ever stop, listen, hear? Will it ever open a dialog and deal with issues one-on-one?

        Most common response seems to be, “Thank you for your concern; we will keep you in our prayers”. I hear this like nails on a chalkboard.

        Marie

      • Marie says:

        Before this blog topic, which did not start as it appears to be ending, but did include Pastoral Planning, goes to blog history, I ask but one thing.

        I so firmly believe that Mary Star of the Sea Church, Squantum, was shuttered without careful consideration of all of the elements and dynamics involved in this Catholic faithful “community” that I ask it be re-opened and incorporated into the Pastoral Plan.

        That is the right thing to do. And, I do believe it is God’s will.

  7. Sr Chris says:

    No one can dispute the wonderful contribution of women religious in our nation. There are many fine initiatives that LCWR sponsor that are a huge help to religious communities in CMSWR and LCWR. Within LCWR there is a broad spectrum of communities–some of whom are more progressive and some more centered in the theological and ecclesial center. However, I do understand the reasons for the CDF’s concern. Some of the public statements, the presenters at LCWR are clearly and very often polarizing and leading to making the bishops almost irrelevant. The hierarchy is willed by Jesus and it is there for “order.” Yes, there will always be a tension between the hierarchical church and the more “charismatic” elements such as lay movements and religious communities and apostolic societies. However, to say that the hierarchy is not also moved by the Spirit is simply craziness. I hope that this will be a time of growth for LCWR and that it will serve religious communities in ways that have been lacking in past years. Vatican II called on religious to work for unity and ecumenism. I hope that the polarization in our nation’s conference of women religious will be healed.

  8. Stephen says:

    Speaking of wonderful contributions of women religious; is there any doubt Mother Angelica and EWTN saved the Catholic church in America?

  9. stop&think says:

    Stop and Think

    Perhaps, the PR Dept at the archdiocese is taking baby steps
    towards rehabilitating the reputation of the the majority of
    excellent priests and faithful.

    I applaud the archdiocese for releasing this information, and,
    encourage it to continue on this path.

    Perhaps they now realize that there is so much devastation to
    children that goes “unreported” by many media outlets.

    For example, pick a profession and google the name of the profession and sexual abuse and arrested.
    A treasure trove of information will appear. So why aren’t
    these cases constantly rehashed and sold as news?

    • Jack O'Malley says:

      Marie is the most eloquent and heartfelt writer on this blog.

      May Star of the Sea, Stella Maris, be restored to her former glory. Come on, O’Malley, do the right thing. Reopen the Church. Garabedian has made enough. Shut him off.

      And may Tradition be restored in the Archdiocese. Recite the Novena of the Holy Ghost from May 8-th through the 16-th for the reconciliation of the SSPX (FSSPX).

      It is the Pope’s will. It is God’s Will.

  10. Jack O'Malley says:

    Oops – the prior comment should have appeared here not undr stop&think’s comment.

  11. [...] Here are some comments from our last post: Objective Observer said: [...]

  12. Stephen says:

    Marie,
    Here is some fascinating history.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet

    This in some ways was a bolder move than Lawrence.
    You need orthodox clergymen with testosterone and brains to
    stand up to the modernists and hacks. Pray for them, may they
    ride into Squantum with the mission of Our Lord, the Blessing of
    the BVM and the manhood of dear St. Joseph.

    If this is your tack, you will need an audacious Traditionalist and they can be found. Fr. John Keane apparently was a local example now deceased. If the Latin Mass is not seen as part of the solution in Squantum, I’d suggest preparing for a heart breaking sale.

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