Many readers have been asking us for shorter blog posts, and you get your wish today!
Yesterday we posted how there has been no word on the status of the search for the new Secretary for Institutional Advancement, and the names of the search committee members for the Mass Catholic Conference head were unannounced. By coincidence, within hours of our post, we started getting emails from everywhere with news on both.
Secretary for Institutional Advancement. We have told you for some time that the “fix is in” for that position, and the selection of Kathleen Driscoll, a Jack Connors crony, was pretty much in the bag for her when the search committee convened. We are getting numerous reports that the committee met within the past several days–a rare occurrance for this committee. That much we have confirmed. Rumor leaking out is that they were informed about the selection of Ms. Driscoll. Basically, that would say that the presence of the members on the committee was just for PR purposes to make everyone believe there was a legitimate search, when there really was not. A public announcement of her appointment would be imminent.
The general direction and rumor of her being appointed is confirmed by what was conveyed Tuesday at the Pastoral Center Staff Meeting. Carol Gustavson, the proudly ex-Catholic executive director of HR and benefits, announced that the Campaign for Catholic Schools personnel will be moving into the Pastoral Center around December 1. No mention was made regarding who pays for them going forward. When the Campaign started, Jack Connors only promised a 3 year commitment, so those people need jobs in this tough economy. Is it just a coincidence that they are moving in Dec. 1, and the committee for the Secr. of Institutional Advancement search was convened and rumors are a-flying about an imminent announcement?
Rumors are also flying again that these folks would work on combined fund-raising across a new entity, combining fund-raising across what are separate corporate entities, Catholic Foundation, Catholic Schools, Catholic Charities, and the Clergy Fund. The thinking is that they will go after the deep-pocketed donors from one place. Never mind the widow’s mite or the fact that maybe people want to give to one specific organization where they trust and value what that organization is uniquely doing to build the kingdom of God.
If this is true, then it suggests an even graver crisis of governance in Boston than we thought previously, and a surrender of fund-raising to Jack Connors’ cronies. Fr. Erikson, the Vicar General, to whom this position supposedly reports would be rendered even more mute and ineffective, and it makes Chancellor McDonough even more powerful. That surrender of all fund-raising to Connors and his cronies would put the Cardinal Archbishop in a position of being captive to Jack’s money, and effectively put the Cardinal’s and all archdiocesan decision-making under the control of Connors. Do the expressions “shadow archdiocese” or “shadow archbishop” come to mind for anyone? Connors had previously been referred to by the Boston Globe as the “pope of Catholic power brokers.”
If the rumor is not true, we will retract what we said and issue a correction. If the rumor is true, then we are concerned beyond words about the future governance of this archdiocese. It has already been suggested to us that people sending FedEx letters to the Holy Father is a next step action if this all comes to pass as rumored.
Regarding the search committee for the new head of the Mass Catholic Conference, we are out of time to offer much commentary, except to say this search is now laden with controversy and has high potential to become yet another “sham search.” You can see what Tenth Crusade and Bryan Hehir Exposed are saying about two of the search committee members. Based on what we have been able to determine, two of the search committee members are either cronies of Fr. Bryan Hehir and Jack Connors, or have a background that at first pass, we think should disqualify them from the search. You may reach your own conclusions.
For those who like shorter posts, we hope we have met your goals today. We believe all who care about the Boston Archdiocese should be very concerned about the news of today’s post. More details as we get them.