Can Boston Archdiocese “prepare the way of the Lord”?

The Gospel today is a favorite of BCI and also has particular applicability to the Boston Archdiocese.  This passage from Luke 3: 1-6 is the one that has always been powerful for BCI.

A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

During this season of Advent, in what ways in our own lives do we prepare the way of the Lord and make straight His paths?  What things in our lives need to be straightened out?  What mountains and hills should be lowered?  What “winding roads” should be made straight?  What rough ways made smooth?

Then there is the Boston Archdiocese.  As discussed in “Is Boston Archdiocese Violating ‘Motu Proprio’ on Charity?” as of Monday, December 10, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, will be in violation of the new Motu Proprio issued by Pope Benedict XVI for paying salaries to 17 lay executives which are nowhere near “in due proportion to analogous expenses of his diocesan Curia.”  As we know from “Bloated Payroll” and numerous other posts, seventeen people at the Pastoral Center are paid salaries ranging from $150K to $325K today–about 4X-8X more per person than clergy are paid. In aggregate, they are paid somewhere close to $3.5M a year in salaries alone. This is about 6 times more than was paid in 2006 in $150K+ salaries.

Is Cardinal O’Malley willing to “make low” the mountain of excessive compensation paid to his lay executives and key employees, including the Superintendent of Schools, Assistant Schools Superintendent, Secretary for Catholic Media, General Counsel, Secretary for Institutional Advancement, two Development VPs, Chancellor, Director of Office of Professional Standards, Executive Director of HR and others?

Are Cardinal O’Malley and Vicar General bishop-elect Deeley willing to “make straight” the winding roads by removing senior people from roles where they are poorly suited to the task at hand, do not know or promote the full truths of the Catholic faith, or have mountains of controversy surrounding them?  For example, this be a great time to make “straight the winding road” and let go any or all of the following:

  • Jack Connors, for his public fund-raising for Obama (whose HHS mandate threatens the religious liberties of the Catholic Church) and his close ties to the abortion industry.
  • The Rasky Baerlein PR firm, filled with Obama and Biden supporters, fundraisers and former aides who work against the Catholic Church by supporting Obama and Biden, and who collect a lot of money for very little in output.
  • The overpaid Secretary for Communications who is closely tied to Rasky and who Rasky hired.
  • The controversial Cabinet Secretary for Social Services and Healthcare, who has no healthcare network anymore to deal with, has a full-time paid President running Catholic Charities and believes Catholic teachings on morality should be suppressed in the public square.
  • The Assistant Vicar for Administration and Special Assistant to the Vicar General, who, observers say does not seem to multi-task well or get along well with others.
  • The Executive Director – Human Resources, Benefits and Administration, who is a proud ex-Catholic, had no background in benefits, was a labor attorney prior to working for the Archdiocese, is massively over-paid in her role vs what other dioceses pay for similar functions, and who was the sponsor of the controversial Pastoral Center yoga class earlier this year offered by her own personal yoga instructor.

Is the Boston Archdiocese–specifically Cardinal O’Malley and Bishop-elect Deeley–willing to prepare the way of the Lord by making low the mountain of excessive compensation so as to conform to the Motu Proprio and making straight the paths by moving out people who are in the wrong senior roles so the right person could be placed instead?

We hope and pray they will, but are not holding our breath waiting.

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11 Responses to Can Boston Archdiocese “prepare the way of the Lord”?

  1. Dave Burns says:

    Benedict lowered the boom on this last few days. We’ll see now how many of the privileged and the arrogant among the Bishops will follow Rome on this. Outrageous compensation is one of the hot buttons in his new directives.

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  3. Chris says:

    Lex orandi, lex credendi — the law of prayer is the law of belief (at least that’s how I remember it. Yoga is an ancient form of worship of Hindu gods. Each movement has meaning, as do the names associated with the very postures, and that meaning comes from a pagan system of beliefs. No matter how one dresses it up, there should not be any room for pagan practices at the chancery of the archdiocese of Boston. It’s creepy — like a Christian form of Tarot, or an attempt to baptise the ouija board.

    • a deacon says:

      I, a deacon, am clergy and get paid $0.

      • JUST WONDERING says:

        You knew when you were ordained you would get $0.00 — what is the problem? However, I can believe that you get nothing in terms of “salary” but what do you get in term of “help” or whatever you want to call it. As I say, I’m “JUST WONDERING.”

      • BCI did not interpret the deacon’s comment as a complaint It seems to BCI he was just stating his salary as a reference point for the directive in the Motu Proprio on compensation.

      • a deacon says:

        Hi “Just Wondering”…BCI is correct. I am not complaining, just adding another data point. By the way, what do you mean by “help”?

    • Jack O'Malley says:

      I used to be an usher and collection-taker-upper and got paid $0. Except, that is, for the occasional $10 bill I managed to palm from the basket. Being a parish in Southie, there were precious few of those and I refused to lower myself to diving for dimes and quarters. Besides, they jingle in the pocket and arouse the suspicion of the curate.

      Putting on my prophetic hat for a moment, and with the aid of my ouija board baptized by triple immersion (it spontaneously flew out of the bath tub full of holy water the first two times but became docile on the third dunk), I foresee a Dies Irae approaching for the Archdiocese and the corrupt cabal wreaking havoc on Catholic faith and morals at the chancery. Do they chant the gnostic gospels before the yoga and the kama sutra after?

      It is O’Malley who has much to answer for. I predict that his crucifixion will be that of another Boston archbishop condemned to the luxury of the Renaissance retirement home of St. Mary Major.

  4. jbq2 says:

    The director of human resources is a “proud ex-Catholic”. Hard to believe.

    • Michael says:

      Why is it hard to believe? The archdiocese hires lawyers who previously worked for the DA’s office (huh?), pay them more than double their previous salary, and who then proceed to counsel the archdiocese that HR is not allowed to ask potential employees if they are Catholic or if they have any trouble reconciling their own beliefs with the Catholic Church. What else would you expect? Separation of church and state is a sham and our duma$$ lawyers don’t have the competence or courage to challenge the suppression of our religious freedoms. Don’t believe me? Where was the brief from the Archdiocese lawyers on Obamacare?

  5. Nonna says:

    I’m not in your archdiocese, but I am shocked at the salaries. It’s time we stop running our dioceses on the Western Secular Corporate Model and start running on a Gospel Model. For our sins, the Lord is going to take all of these offices and institutions away from us, if we don’t repent and change.

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