The topic of compensation from our past several posts is a hot one–especially when it comes to the Catholic Schools superintendent and other big 6-figure salary types at 66 Brooks Drive based on our most recent posts. Then on Friday we also learned from The Pilot about how Mary Grassa O’Neill’s Catholic Schools office has hired not one, not two, but THREE new regional superintendents. Where, pray tell, did the money for these new expensive positions come from–declining tuition dollars from the declining annual enrollment? Apparently, the new staff are there so that the existing $325K/year superintendent and her six-figure-salaried associate superintendents will not have to work so hard to support the declining number of students each year, and can focus more on “other administrative tasks” instead.
A Pact with the Devil
Madoff, O’Malley, and a 3-headed dog named Cerberus
Patrick O’Malley was born in Ohio and reared in PA. In his sophomore year in High School, he entered a minor seminary and followed that by studying for the priesthood at Capuchin College in Wash., D.C.
Ordained on Aug 29, 1970 the now Father Sean Patrick O’Malley was prepared to follow in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. His education reveals no development of leadership skills or training in financial affairs. Rather, it was studies in Spanish and Portuguese at Catholic University, that led to his being appointed in 1984 as coadjutor bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.
In June 1992 he was appointed bishop of the multi-ethnic Fall River Diocese in Massachusetts. Then in 2002 he was assigned as the bishop of Palm Beach, Florida. The following year he became Archbishop of Boston, after Cardinal Bernard Law had requested a transfer in the wake of the infamous predator priest scandals.
Church attendance in the Archdiocese has declined to an all-time low of 17%, numerous parishes were suppressed with many churches being sold, and seminaries could count new applicants on both hands…
Cash-heavy and “once-Catholic” Boston College bought valuable seminary and chancery properties …
Two of the most deplorable examples of financial incompetence were the sale of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in East Boston, and on an even larger scale that of the 6-hospital Caritas Christi Health Care System…
…underlings with conflicts of interest were involved in deception, withholding financial data, and lying outright, as a part of the fare being served to the public about the Caritas Christi sellout.
The 3-headed dog, Cerberus, is still in charge…Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, with his background in Latin, knows well the meaning of mea culpa. Thus far, we’ve not heard it uttered — nor yet seen any effort to void this violation of trust.
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We realize this editorial post is different from our normal journalistic fare for a day, and see where we may have stepped beyond a normal BCI reporting boundary in posting it. Still, we feel the archdiocese and Cardinal should know about the perceptions which exist out there. We will return to our regular programming on Wednesday. Please avoid personal attacks in the comments.