Cardinal Burke in Boston, Sat. December 4

Today we take a break from our series on Boston archdiocesan corruption (“Systemic Corruption“, “Finance Council: Conflicted, Contradictory, Corrupt?and “ Top Ethical Concerns: #3: Conflicts of Interest“)  to let you know about an upcoming event Boston-area readers may want to attend and an associated cause  that any reader can contribute to.

On Saturday, December 4, the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, located in Merrimac, NH, will host its annual President’s Council Dinner in downtown Boston, featuring newly-installed Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis and Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, as its keynote speaker.In addition to his keynote address, Cardinal Burke will serve as the principal celebrant and homilist at the evening’s Vigil Mass at 5pm at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine.

Here is an excerpt from the October 11 press release announcing the event.

“The President’s Council Dinner and Symposium are important events held each year in support of Thomas More College’s scholarship funds,” said Dr. William Fahey, President of Thomas More College. Thomas More College is a unique liberal arts college in the Boston area – ardently Catholic and academically rigorous,” said Fahey. “We are dedicated to offering the young people of Boston and the larger region an education that is deeply rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition and completely faithful to the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church. We have moved this annual dinner to Boston to make it clear that we are committed to the region, and wish to play our part in re-evangelizing New England.”

Fahey referenced the College’s commitment to the Church by noting that this weekend the College will renew its consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, its faculty and teaching staff will make a public Profession of Faith, and that he will take the Oath of Fidelity, as requested by Canon Law.  Not all Catholic-affiliated colleges in the region observe these requirements. 

[Speaking of a public Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity to the teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church, Boston Catholic Insider is wondering what would happen if this were required of all Boston Archdiocesan Finance Council members, Archdiocesan Cabinet members and director-level staff. Is it possible that perhaps some of the corruption we are blogging about might never have occurred, or could be prevented in the future?).

Anyway, the President’s Council events will be held at the Harvard Club in Boston.  A symposium begins at 2 pm, the Mass is at 5pm at St. Clements Eucharistic Shrine, followed by a 6 pm reception and a 7 pm dinner.

Tickets to Thomas More College’s President’s Council Dinner are $150 each, and tickets to the symposium are $15 each.  Details and a registration form may be found on the College’s web site at Rumor has it that the dinner event may sell-out, so if you are interested in attending, buy your tickets soon.

Disclaimer: Boston Catholic Insider has not been asked by the college or by anyone to promote this event–we simply heard about it and thought Catholics who read this blog might find it to be of interest. If you have questions about the event, contact Charlie McKinney at (603) 880-8308, ext. 21 or (603) 913-5939, or by email at cmckinney(at)

We will return to our regular fare next time.

7 Responses to Cardinal Burke in Boston, Sat. December 4

  1. Cardinal Burke fan says:

    Thanks for this info. I’m sure it will be a wonderful event. Has anyone suggested that maybe Cardinal Burke could serve as a neutral 3rd party to mediate between the BCI blog and the Archdiocese of Boston while he’s in town?

  2. Michael says:

    Maybe while Cardinal O’Malley is in the process of overseeing the bishop of dublin, Cardinal Burke could oversee how cardinal o’malley is doing. I think Bishop Burke would be a fantastic choice to help mediate — at a minimum.

    • Boston Catholic Insider says:

      In response to both “Cardinal Burke fan” and Michael, no, nobody has suggested Cardinal Burke serve as a mediator. With all due respect to Cardinal Burke, given the depth of deceit and corruption we have been blogging about, we are not sure what exactly there is to “mediate” at this time–except that the Vicar General asked us once, back in August, to meet in-person, and we declined at that time for reasons described here:

      Though there has been some progress against a few of the issues listed in that Sept 9 message, the Boston archdiocese still continues to make unfounded claims about the blog and seems to feel everything is going just fine with a culture and standard way of doing business characterized by deception and corruption–at least amongst certain high-ranking officials.

      If the Boston archdiocese feels a mediated discussion with a 3rd party of Cardinal Burke’s stature will improve the blog-to-archdiocese communications and help them more quickly clean-up the corruption, cronyism, and deception (such that the blog will be left with little to write about and the good works of the Church can continue), they know how to reach us.

  3. Michael says:

    One thing taht is a bit confusing is Thomas More’s choice of Ray Flynn on the symposium. Are they aware of his hypocritical positions?

    • The dinner with Cardinal Burke seems rather straightforward, but are unable to answer this question about the symposium. If you have questions about the event, contact Charlie McKinney at (603) 880-8308, ext. 21 or (603) 913-5939, or by email at cmckinney(at)

  4. SAd Boston Priest says:

    Cardinal Burke + I have exchanged personal notes for the last three years. I have been moved with warm respect for this ‘man of God’, though he has risen high he has remained a priest!

    It took over 20 letters to get a response from my bishop … sorry to say they are sadly very different men.

    Thanks be to God, there are some Bishops like Cardinal Burke + then there are other bishops who need our prayers even more so that they hear God’s mandates and open their hearts to the suffering flock!!

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