This just in. BCI is sufficiently dumb-struck by both the decision and message by the Cardinal that we have almost nothing to say right now. Just note the disconnect between the wording and reality from the get-go:
“Among his many accomplishments, he has taken the lead in addressing clergy pension funding, insuring funding for clergy support, and implementing transparent financial reporting for the Archdiocese.”
Based on this message, the Cardinal, God bless him, does not even understand the difference between an “accomplishment” and what is merely an area of responsibility, where the “accomplishment” has not actually been accomplished at all, and may still represent a sink-hole.
Readers, feel free to comment. After a good stiff drink, BCI is going to hide under our bedcovers for the remainder of the evening.
From: Vicar General <Vicar_General@rcab.org
Date: March 25, 2011 3:37:26 PM EDT
Subject: Cardinal Sean Reappoints Jim McDonough as Chancellor
On behalf of Cardinal Seán, I am pleased to inform you that Jim McDonough is being reappointed Chancellor for a new five year term commencing June 5, 2011. The Cardinal made this appointment after consultations which included the Archdiocesan Finance Council and the College of Consultors.
We are very grateful to Jim for his inspirational service to Christ and His Church. In the past five years he has played a central role in helping us to rebuild the Church.
We are blessed by Jim’s steady, professional and committed leadership. Please join me in praying for Jim in his service as Chancellor, for his family, co-workers and the entire Archdiocese which is benefitting from his gifts and talents.
Following is a message from the Cardinal on Jim’s reappointment.
Cardinal Message on Reappointment of Jim McDonough as Chancellor:
Please join me in extending congratulations and gratitude to Jim McDonough, whom I am reappointing to the position of Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Boston. Over the past five years Jim has served the Church with distinction and dedication. He has faced our most challenging issues with a genuine desire to rebuild the Archdiocese of Boston.
In his first term as Chancellor, Jim has made service to our parishes and priests his top priority. Among his many accomplishments, he has taken the lead in addressing clergy pension funding, insuring funding for clergy support, and implementing transparent financial reporting for the Archdiocese.
In 2008 Jim oversaw the move of our central administration from the former Brighton campus to the Pastoral Center in Braintree. Our parishes, schools and ministries have greatly benefited from the services provided at the new location. Jim has also initiated an effort to overhaul our technology systems and institute efficiencies that benefit our parishes. During his first term, we have moved from systemic annual budget deficits to a plan for achieving a balanced budget. While we have experienced difficult reductions in work force in recent years, Jim led by example in making significant cuts in his secretariat to minimize the reductions in mission-based agencies and departments.
Working closely with the Archdiocesan Finance Council, Jim coordinated the efforts to minimize the impact of the global financial crisis of 2008 on our cash reserves and investments. While our pension funds were impacted, as were those of organizations and companies worldwide, a plan was developed under his leadership to pursue the best means of recovering any losses in future years. Once an Archdiocese in economic freefall, we are now working within our means thanks, to Jim and his team. He has made it possible for us to focus on our mission and to serve the pastoral needs of the entire Archdiocese.
As Chancellor, Jim oversees the financial and material goods of the Archdiocese; he is also a dedicated and faithful Catholic who leads by example in promoting a welcoming and evangelizing Church. Jim is first and foremost a man of God, a family man devoted to his wife and children, and an experienced professional who has never lost sight of our mission to build a community of love in the image of Christ.
I am grateful that Jim has accepted my invitation to continue to serve the Archdiocese as Chancellor. We are well-positioned for future success because of his leadership.