More Connors Conflicts of Interest

“…an 80-year-old grocer who credits a parochial school in Roslindale, MA with helping his family when his mother died, said yesterday he is giving $20 million to…revitalize struggling Catholic schools.” (March 16, 2010)

“Catholic education was a great gift in my life. When I saw the number of Catholic schools that were closing, we wanted to help.”

The $20 million gift by the founder of Roche Brothers to address the problem of Catholic schools closing sounds like it would have been perfectly suited to the Campaign for Catholic Schools building a new academy in nearby Dorchester, does it not?   And it would have closed that $20 million fund-raising gap we have talked about in the last few posts and made it a no-brainer to pay back the loan from the Archdiocese?    Where did this generous gift go instead?  Boston College, where Jack Connors is on the Board of Trustees and was former Chair of the Board.

Patrick Roche’s story is an inspiring and uplifting one.  He lost his mother at a young age, the local Catholic school provided support and a safety net for him and his brothers, he built a supermarket chain on sound principles of great customer service and treating employees well, made a profit, and has been generously giving back to Catholic schools.  Wow!  People have nothing but the very best to say about Patrick Roche, his family and their benevolence, so this post is not about the Roche family. Roche was a long-time benefactor to Boston College and to Peter Lynch’s Catholic Schools Foundation, so the final decision of where to give money was his to make and clearly could have gone either way.

But, we just do not understand how so many conflicts of interest can continue, and how those conflicts benefit this struggling archdiocese. And as you can imagine by now, we have a number of questions about how the Archdiocese of Boston and the Campaign for Catholic Schools missed out on this one.

To what extent was Jack Connors involved in this deal?  If he was involved, where did he suggest Patrick Roche give his money—to Boston College (specifically the Lynch School of Education), or to the Archdiocese’s Campaign for Catholic Schools?

Patrick Roche said in the BC press release, “Catholic education shaped who we are today, and when Boston College gave us an opportunity to help strengthen Catholic education through this center, we knew we wanted to help.”

In “The Invisible Hand of Jack” we heard “Who is going to say no when Jack comes calling?”  Jack was quoted in the Boston Globe article about the Roche donation saying, “We’re going to kind of draw a line in the sand, and we don’t think we should close any more schools.”

Did Jack call Patrick Roche and urge him to use this opportunity to help by giving the $20 million towards the Campaign for Catholic Schools?  Did Mr. Roche say “no” to Jack?  Did Jack never ask?  Or did Jack guide Mr. Roche to give the $20M to his wealthy alma mater, Boston College?

If the goal was to provide continuing education for Catholic school teachers, why not give the money to the Boston Catholic schools and restrict it to grants for continuing ed for Catholic teachers, or maybe salary increases for the ones who complete continuing education programs?   Those teachers could take classes at nearby Emmanuel College, where many Catholic teachers already benefit from tuition discounts and the fine work at the  Carolyn A. Lynch Institute, which, by coincidence, “provides a range of collaborative programs and services that enhance the professional development of urban teachers and enrich the education of PK-12 students in the city of Boston.”  But then the tuition dollars would have been going to Emmanuel instead of BC.

As an aside, we wonder how Peter Lynch, the incredibly generous and tireless advocate and fund-raiser for Catholic education, managed to deal with the minor conflict of soliciting $20M for the newly renamed Roche Center for Catholic Education at BC’s Lynch School of Education, while he also coincidentally serves on the Archdiocese’s Finance Council that would have approved the infamous $26 million loan to Jack Connors’ Campaign for Catholic Schools.

To be fair, Roche  may have decided that he wanted advance the goals of providing professional instruction, technical assistance, and research to teachers, which his contribution to the BC center is supposed to support.  But still, his quotes in the article and choice of where to give money just do not really add up to us.

Roche yesterday credited his parochial school with providing a critical safety net when his mother died, leaving his father to raise four sons, ages 6 to 12. Roche, who was 9 at the time, remembers his parish and school embracing him and his brothers as family would.

“Everybody at the school was just fantastic,’’ he said. “All our friends and neighbors went to the school, and they just became closer to us.’’ Attending Mass so often, he added, “kept you closer to God, I’d say.’’

Does this sound like the kind of guy who wants to ” develop curriculum for an increasingly diverse student population“?  We hope and pray that the profound impact which Catholic education had on Patrick Roche can  be duplicated through his contribution to BC.  Unfortunately, the record from BC in this area and some of the initial comments by the newly-hired executive director of the Center for Catholic Education make us question whether that will happen, but that is a topic for another time.

For now, can someone let us know how Jack Connors and his fund-raising team are doing with that $20 million fund-raising gap?  And can someone also let us know what the consequences will be to the Chancellor and others if that $20 million loan is not repaid?  A commenter on our last post, Moving Money, Building Distrust, suggested that heads should roll.  What do you think?

32 Responses to More Connors Conflicts of Interest

  1. Joan Moran says:

    What bothered most Catholic school teachers at the time of that donation from Roche was that O’Connor said the grant would help public and Catholic school teachers. We all love public schools and the children in them. I taught in one for 10 years but we moaned when we heard that tis donation was going to help them too because there are so many other ways they are being helped (our tax dollars is one way)

  2. Quality Guy says:

    I’m STILL unhappy with the non-visible Supt. of Arch. schools compensation ! $325K plus her Mass Teacehrs pension of over $100K seems like a LOT of moolah compared to BIG city compensations. This is not to diminish her professional skills and capabilites which my sources inidcate are first rate !

  3. mary says:

    I don’t understand all the dilemma about Jack Connors. He was a classmate at BC, but I DON’T know him.

    He started an advertising firm with friends, made boodles of money, went on to partners, made boodles of money, and probably other ventures that I don’t know about. I am not suprised that he would recommend people he knows and did business with, to volunteer their time and talents for the church.

    He has finacially supported Catholic charities, healthcare, and education. He has volunteered his services in numerous areas. I have great faith that he will see this school project through.

    St. Ann’s school in Dorchester was a hovel. That is probably why it was chosen for a rehab. Dorchester in all respects, is a very long way from the Roslindale of Connor’s youth.

    The Arch. Supt. of schools is a whole other matter. The outrageous salary she receives is a slap in the face to Catholic school teachers. Many of them thought she was volunteering til the Globe spilt the beans!

    And how about the lawyer, Lovely. He has an outrageous salary as well and is retired from a prestigious Boston law firm.

    The Roches are a wonderful family. They gave a huge wing to the Boston Latin School.

  4. Joan Moran says:

    Jack Connors has many conflicts of interests which are probably illegal. He advised the Cardinal to sell St. John’s Seminary to Boston College while he was on the Board of Boston College. People who are upset about their parishes closing don’t realize what a terrible thing it is to close the Seminary that our great grand parents built NOT for BC but for the church.

    • David Justen says:

      Let’s not confuse the facts. Boston College did not buy St. John Seminary. The seminary is still open, still independent, and still run by the Archdiocese. BC bought the GROUNDS around the seminary as well as the buildings in which the chancery’s old offices were located until they moved to Braintree.

      This is what bugs me about this kind of discussion: People go off half-cocked and start fulminating over half-truths and garbled facts. There’s enough to be upset about with creating problems out of whole cloth.

      • In response to the points made about St. John’s seminary, it is correct that the archdiocese sold a lot of property and buildings belonging to St. Johns Seminary to BC (and the archdiocese took the money for that sale). And BC pretty well surrounds the relatively small amount of space that remains St. Johns property. It is also correct that St. Johns Seminary was not “sold” and remains alive and well, as David said. The Chancellor is on their Board. We have heard from a number of readers asking us to report on how St. Johns Seminary is getting squeezed by BC and the archdiocese. We will get to the seminary shortly.

      • McKinley says:


        What bugs me is you coming with little information about what actually is going on and your emotions being put to good use wordsmithing.

        The Archdiocese sold to Boston College almost all of the walls, the ground, and buildings where we need to conduct the formation of our seminarians.

        Have you ever been to our seminary? Go there and take an inventory of the architecture and rich treasure they sold off. Very little of what was St. Johns Seminary is left. We are practically in the position where we have to rent our own seminary from the Jesuits who do not have the same goals as defined in the deposit of faith. It is outrageous.

        The archdiocese settled with drunks and druggies who came along to take advantage of the situation and people who had absolutely no evidence they were ever abused. Every priest in every parish at any moment can be plucked out by somebody who is struggling financially and sees the cash cow at 66 Brooks Drive.

        They had no right to sell almost all of the buildings where we formed our seminarians to the dogs. Jack Connors and others are using their wealth to dismantle the Catholic Church in Boston. You may not be upset about the sale of the bulk of our seminary but others have every right to be upset about it.

      • Fr. K says:

        David – haven’t you heard about the plans (may now be dormant for the time being) to keep the diocesan seminarians in a “house of formation” and have them attend classes at Weston Jesuit School of Theology – now conveniently located on Boston College property also?

        Yeah, that’s the school of “theology” that’s nominally Catholic and which employs a number of faculty members who have been investigated by the Vatican, and at least one who’s testified at the Massachusetts State House in favor of gay marriage.

        You don’t get it – in the Connors archdiocese, it’s a business; if it makes financial sense to consolidate two seminaries that are on either side of Comm Ave, let’s not let a little matter of orthodoxy get in the way of “can’t we all just get along?”

      • Michael says:

        Don’t you think you are being a bit harsh? I mean the real victims of the (homo)sex scandal aren’t the alleged “victims”, nor are they the falsely accused priests, but rather … the lawyers. What poor pitiable people they are(seriously). If there is a victim in all of that mess … it is the lawyers.


        Also, Fr. K.:
        Is that the same seminary where they proudly flew the homosexual rainbow flag inside the church? Or is that another Jesuit seminary?

      • McKinley says:


        I’m all choked up.

        I had a hard time reading through my tears and had to read a paragraph in that article four times.

        Does the article say MacLeish went to see a doctor for the state of his mind and after two months of therapy the doctor slept with him and this caused his divorce?

        Aside from a lot of pieces missing from that story, isn’t it grounds to lose your license to practice medicine when you sleep with an individual who has come to you for psychological help? Not that it is all her fault, mind you.

        What irony there is in calling the situation he is in ‘post-traumatic stress disorder’.

        Is that what his sex partner diagnosed him with?

        Interesting. Sounds like more malpractice to these ears.

        I have been in and out of a state of grace all my life for things like skipping Sunday Mass or feelings contempt for those stealing our religion from us, etc.

        The pedophiles the Church coddled was the most compelling symptom of the sick culture we have inside of our Church that must be torn down but McLeish took advantage of and grossly exaggerated the situation.

        Temporal suffering for rejecting Grace is something you can never escape. I cannot imagine what rounding up phony victims to assault priests and Christ’s Church would do to one’s mind.

        Until he heads for a Confessional, he’s got a long road of suffering ahead of him.

      • Michael says:

        ptsd – I am guessing is just the basis of the next lawsuit MacLiesh is planning. He can sue the Doctor for having sex with him … funny huh? Lawyers would sue themselves if they could find a way to make more money.

  5. Anna says:

    While we don’t know if what Jack Connors is doing is illegal, it certainly appears that he has positioned himself to have the control to move people out of their positions and place people with whom he has previous or current business interests with into these positions. Committees are stacked with people Jack Connors can manipulate, searches either never take place or the people who are qualified and apply to the positions are never interviewed or seriously considered and alas, the person hired, everyone knows was handpicked by Jack prior to the formation of the “committee to hire”.

    Those of us in the know are on the edge of our seats waiting for the appointment of yet another one of Connors’ cronies was hand picked before his predecessor was let go and the committe formed to do a world-wide search to find her.

    Not only is the place stacked with Connors and McDonough cronies, but money seems to be having a way of making it from its intended benificiaries into Jack Connors pet projects.

    The pattern here is not in dispute by reasonable and rational people, none of whom feel safe enough to whistleblow within the confines of the archdiocese without fear of losing their job. People who are blowing the whistle have a bounty over their heads.

    This may fly in the banking and business world but it does not fly and will not fly in the Roman Catholic Church because lay people have drawn the line in the sand and we will not stop until they switch their tactics from threatening people who blow the whistle to removing the pyramid with Jack Connors at the head.

    Have a nice day.

  6. Michael says:

    I am fed up.

    I can’t believe the endless corruption being exposed. No wonder why the child abuse scandal took place. The whole Archdiocese seems like a free for all. No one knows and no one is paying any attention to any of the details. In theory, the wolves are not supposed to herd the shepherd and his sheep over the edge of a cliff. Where is the shepherd? Is he still in Dublin fixing things over there? God help Ireland.

    I AM FED UP.

  7. Joan Moran says:

    St John’s Seminary was SOLD. There is one building left and you may be sure that is going too. How do you run a Seminary without a library? The library was sold. St William’s Hall was sold. The building that held the archives was sold…Chancery was sold. The MarriaGE TRIBUNAL WAS SOLD. THERE WAS A STATUE OF ST. JOHN AND BC INSISTED THAT IT BE GOTTEN OFF THE GROUNDS WHICH THEY OWN AND IT IS NOW IN A PARKING LOT IN BRAINTREE. THE BASEBALL FIELD WHERE THE SEMINARIANS USE TO PLAY BASEBALL HAS BEEN SOLD.

  8. Catholic School Advocate says:

    The Roche family, as the blog entry says, has been wonderful to Catholic education because they know the good it can do. Generations of children have learned well in Catholic schools, and families have learned that in times of difficulty, Catholic schools offer more than the “Three Rs.” The Roches feed our families, and do so with class and customer service. Whether you live in Westie or Wellesley, shopping at Roche Bros. to nourish your family is a pleasure. So the Roches are all aces, from city to suburb… and they are happy to admit that Catholic schools made the difference for them.

    So let’s think about Catholic schools… Tommy Menino would be in deep trouble without Catholic schools, as would Braintree, Norwood and many other towns and cities where parents pay twice — property taxes and Catholic school tuition. So why can’t someone, in their “give back” years, with no conflicting agenda, take over the future of the Catholic schools? Why must we leave the fate of the Catholic schools to those who have other agendas?

    Maybe the cardinal went to public school, and that’s why he doesn’t keep a closer eye on his schools and the children who learn everyday beneath a crucifix.

    • Michael says:

      Catholic School Advocate says: The Roches feed our families … Whether you live in Westie or Wellesley, shopping at Roche Bros. to nourish your family is a pleasure.

      Yes … The Roches feed our families and don’t forget that some of the Roche Brothers’ Catholic School influenced family nourishment also comes in the flavor of progressive family news from that giant of journalistic integrity: Bay Windows (the Boston gay newspaper). That Roche Brothers family sure did soak in a lot of proper Catholic Church teaching on “tolerance.”

  9. A Sad Boston Priest says:


  10. says:

    Good post.

    This is the latest episode that Connors seems to care more about the institution that Cardinal O’Connell and the Jesuits founded (Boston College) than the institution Christ founded (our Church).

    I’m not a Boston College basher. There is a lot of good there and some bad. But so many Boston Catholic “leaders” have much more allegiance to building up Chestnut Hill than they do to building up the Church. Many often treat that they are one and the same – but as we know, they are not.

    Similarly, so many act as some of the acts of service like Catholic healthcare or Catholic charity or Catholic schools ARE the Church or are our faith – not simply part of the service that flows from a deep love of Christ and our Catholic faith – such as a place like Cor Unum in Lawrence.

    All those acts and institutions are goods in themselves but our Church has been corrupted by thinking that Catholic schools are more important than our parishes, that Catholic hospitals need to be preserved at all costs instead of advocating for Catholic practice and beliefs in medical ethics, and that Catholic social service agencies should take so much money and strings from the government that they’re unable to fulfill their original mission as a CATHOLIC social service agency. That we stopped offering Catholic adoptions so that we could keep all the quasi-government programs alive at Boston’s Catholic Charities is a disordered priority.

    We pray, Dear Lord, that our Church starts remembering that Your priorities should be the ones we act on. Please help us to more clearly know those priorities and then to act on them. Please help this blog to be an instrument to that end. We ask this in Your name, Amen.

  11. Joan Moran says:

    Just for the record there is one building left that belongs to St. John’s Seminary and BC owns the ground UNDER that building as well as everything else on the grounds of the FORMER seminary

    • Ignored Pastor says:

      Also, do you know that we still own the library books – one of the best theological libraries in the United States – but not the collection? It sounds crazy, but it is true. If the seminary moves to Weston to combine with Bl. John XXIII Seminary – which I think is inevitable – then they can’t take their books with them. I was told this by one of the former rectors of St. John Seminary.

      • Concerned Catholic says:

        Dear IP,

        Moving St. John’s to Weston is not only not inevitable, it’s just about impossible. Things there have changed a great deal in the past three years. It’s really on the national, and international, radar now. There was an article in the Globe almost two years ago about this, and since that time the seminary has grown further still.

      • Ignored Pastor says:

        Will all due respect to Concerned Catholic, no matter what a dying paper on Morrissey Blvd. prints, a Seminary surrounded by Boston College, situated only steps from Weston School of Theology, forced to share a library with a large gay and lesbian section, is a dying proposition. The success of St. John’s is despite its environment.

  12. Fr. D says:

    This may be the wrong place to add this posting, but here goes, because it seems to be the undercurrent affecting almost all of the posting being done here.

    While I am not a priest of the Archdiocese, I could have given you tours of St. John’s and did my time with Frank Stahan in years back when the place was pretty strong and you could pretty much fill a chapel.

    I was always told that Card. O’Malley inherited an Archdiocese with HUGE issues and that Law had been pulled essentially when the money effectively stopped coming in, which confirmed the our church credo: You can have a boy friend, a girl friend and even be borderline heretical, as long as the money continues to flow in.

    O’Malley, who I have met, seemed pleasant enough even congenial. However, I was not struck by the man as an effective leader. He seemed to lack any degree of depth necessary for a comprehensive view of the problems of the Archdiocese.

    In the end, my question is this: Is the man in way over his head? Perhaps this is the reason he falls prey to the influence of Connors, et al? Is it all as simple as borderline ineptitude in a time and place requiring “A man for all Seasons?”

    • Quality Guy says:

      I do feel that +Cardinal Sean is a very good man doing his best . pray for him and work to help him attain the goals of a spiritually rich archdiocese which cares for all of its members, clergy and laity. The economic realities cannot be ignored.

      • Michael says:

        with all due respect “a very good man doing his best” would meet with a person whom he has agreed face to face on several occasions to meet with. Failing to do so makes me question whether he is sincere.

      • Angry Parish Council Member says:

        Fr. D,
        I could not agree with you more. In this archdiocese, it seems to be all about either money or avoiding bad publicity. I have also met the Cardinal on a few occasions. Nice man, energetic homilist (though his recycling of old homilies has become rather noticeable), but in WAY over his head. He is very detached from governance, has brought on a bunch of scoundrels (Hehir, Connors, McDonough, etc.) and lets them have pretty much free reign. Had he brought in more good people, maybe it would be different. He has been here since 2003. Regardless of what he inherited from his predecessor, he is responsible for the team he has personally put in place and their actions since 2003. It is as though he does not feel he is personally resposible for where we are today. That irresponsibility to me means culpability for much of our current situation. I hope and pray that someone sees the light and helps him realize he needs to at a minimum get rid of a number of people and surround himself with a new team as quickly as possible.

      • Anna says:

        So, here are a few questions I have asked myself over these 7 years:

        As a Catholic faithful to doctrine, when we want advice about what to do with our vocations or apostolates, how do we choose our “go to” guys and gals?

        Do we say enie meanie minie moe and take advice from people without finding out whether they are faithful to the Cathechism on the subject you need advice on?

        Are we to believe that the Cardinal needs us to tell him that part of his job in appointing people to oversee the business of getting doctrine taught to children. Or the sale of our Catholic hospitals should be the absolute necessity of making sure the person or persons have sound judgement in Catholic ethics and morals?

        When you find out a person you have appointed does not have sound judgement, do you go on year after year appointing them to overesee other things?

        At what point do we as Catholics draw the conclusion that the unsound judgement of the people he continuously appoints reflects what he wants his flock to be taught?

        These are hard questions to honestly answer but I would say that the time has come for Boston Catholics to review what is happening and prayerfully draw the lucid conclusions.

  13. Anna says:

    Father D.,

    I wish it were that simple. There are only three seasons in Cardinal Sean’s administration.

    The Cardinal is not simply a man who is surrounded, he is the man who appoints those who surround him. Feverish attempts to demonstrate to him the carnage his appointees are doing to souls and the diocese have been met with hostility towards the complainant, undermining them and publicly defending his appointees on his blog.

    Being a good and holy man in this diocese while actively appointing administrators and theologians who will feed the sheep heterodoxy is not acceptable.

    We are finished accepting it because the flock will continue to be denied the tools to achieve a state of grace. That flock includes our own children, our relatives and friends. I and others who are watching our children get torn apart by the wolves are not satisfied with the culture that protects a Cardinal who is doing this to the people.

    Is it possible that if Hehir and Connors and McDonough et all were removed from the power structure that the diocese would become a faithful distributer of the assets and temporal goods of the Church?

    We don’t know.

    I think the good people of Boston would most certainly see the removal of the cronies and corrupt and replacement with faithful people as a step in the right direction.

    Unfortunately, at this juncture, the three stooges continue to appoint the committees to fill employee positions and distribute the temporal goods of the Church.

    As you rightly point out, the heirarchs in the Vatican will not act upon threats to the salvation of souls. They will not act upon the systemic dismantling the Roman Catholic Church in Boston or anywhere else. But, they do know how to act and hey will act upon threats to their finances.

    This is the reason for the strategy you see before your very eyes. We cannot permit the building of our Church on the foundation Cardinal O’Malley has constructed.

    Let all who have ears hear.

    • Ignored Pastor says:

      Rome will act for the salvation of souls, Anna! Remember the Vatican is a small organization, especially considering the number of Catholics throughout the world. They only know what they are told. We talk amongst ourselves, but how many have written to the Nucio, or to the Congregtions in Rome? Most of the communications they recieve are from the officials of the various dioceses and archdioceses in the United States. Hence, they often don’t really know what is going on, unless we tell them.

  14. Anna says:

    Thank you Father for your thoughts. I wish I could agree.

    I have contacted the Nuncio and high-ranking Bishops in both America and Rome numerous times.

    And, I have called to speak to the Nuncio’s secretary who will confirm for you that the Nuncio has read the correspondence if you persue it. I have never received a reply. I don’t know anyone who has.

    If you request a meeting with the Nuncio to give him a full accounting, you are told he does not have to answer you. The system denies you the opportunity to divulge the truth so they can say they were ignorant of it.

    This is very hard to hear but it is the absolute truth.

    I have also contacted numerous other bishops across the country and asked them to get the information to the Vatican. They say they can’t. It is not their job. Some say Cardinal Bertone has everyone in terror over there. I do not know the veracity of this but several trustworthy people have told me. Some have passed the information along to worse than no avail for after a vigorous campaign of a hundred of so Catholics to notify the Nuncio and Rome, the Cardinal was given a second diocese.

    It is impossible to believe they do not know given my own personal experiences on this. And, I personally know hundreds like me. I am not saying the Pope knows – but those very, very highly ranked do indeed know.

    We must stop the pretense that Rome is ignorant. I think this fallacy about what is going on inside of our Church is an enabling of a very sick culture.

    I am sorry to say this, but these are our feelings, those of us who have been fighting for our children.

    They will not act when it is about the salvation of souls. They will only act if it affects the material wealth and assets of the Church.

    It must be said out loud. Screamed from the rooftops.

    There have been no efforts that I know of in the history of my activism of reporting situations that are scandalous to the salvation souls where the Vatican has stepped in to remove them.

    If you know of one, please let us know.

    The Cardinal is in charge. Let him be held accountable for what he has done and what he is doing.

    If he does not stop the madness and he has not thus far as two or three days from now we have a social justice conference that is scandalous to souls – we must continue to journal publicly how far we go to notify Rome so that when nothing happens, there is no denying what is sick.

    Laity has the propensity to surround a Cardinal and give him every excuse not to act. Saying he is not responsible for this mess or saying the Vatican is ignorant of it is not getting to the whole truth.

    If we do not get to the whole truth, we will not fix the culture that went so far as to protect Bishops who protected pedophiles.

    What is happening in Boston, ground zero for the Catholic Church in America is very, very serious. Not onl to the souls in Boston but to the future of every diocese in America and to Catholic education. A false Church is being erected and we are publishing the paper trail so that all will know who knew and when they knew it.

  15. Anna says:



    Do you know what I have been repeatedly told in the course of trying to put evidence on the right desks and get it acted upon?

    That if I went public with it, this would force the Vatican to file our paper trails in the trash can, undermine our credibility and come out in public to defend the Bishop.

    You know what I call that around my house?


    I think it is high time we stop letting them get away with it, don’t you?

    • Ignored Pastor says:

      There are hundreds of archdioceses and dioceses throughout the world, many with larger problems than ours: such a bishops getting beheaded and priests and nuns being executed. The Vatican is a small operation, spending a lot of time putting out fires. The Church does not work so well when the shepherds are not properly engaged and they would rather be somewhere else. Be assured, Anna, I know all about passive/aggressive people for I have been a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston for over 25 years. “St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle….”

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