Continuing Connors Code of Conduct Conundrum

The newspapers are abuzz with stories about President Obama having returned to Boston on Wednesday, May 18,  for two political fundraisers.  One of them, at the Brookline home of Finance Council Institutional Advancement committee chair, Jack Connors, is sold out and was expected to raise $2 million for the President as described in this May 3 Boston Globe article, “Connors adds campaign fundraising to philanthropy.”  If you would like to do something about the scandal, click the “Stop the Scandal” graphic to the right.

We wrote about this on May 4 in “Is Archdiocesean Anti-Corruption Effort Corrupted and Conflicted?”  BCI brings this up once again because of what seems to still be an unresolved conflict between Jack’s actions and the Archdiocese’s new Code of Conduct, and we hope to help Cardinal O’Malley and the archdiocese avoid the sort of scandal to the faithful that Cardinal O’Malley himself has warned against.

It boils down to this. Jack Connors, by virtue of his service on the Finance Council and Campaign for Catholic Schools is considered to be in the category of “Church Personnel,” who now needs to abide by the Code of Conduct.  Reader, “Joann” and others reminded us over the weekend that the Code of Conduct says the following:

“Church Personnel will conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as enunciated by the Holy Father and the Bishops in communion with him.  More specifically, Church Personnel shall, in all such matter, accept, rely upon, and defer to the teaching authority of the Archbishop in all matters of faith and morals.” …

Church Personnel will continually and objectively examine and evaluate their own actions and intentions to ensure that their behavior promotes the welfare of the Archdiocese and each applicable Archdiocesan Affiliated Organization and exemplifies the moral traditions of the Church.

Here is the exact passage for those who want to see it in context:

There is no question that the moral tradition of the Catholic Church opposes abortion–as do certain applicable Archdiocesan Affiliated organizations–and there is little doubt that President Obama is pro-abortion (see “Obama recalls Roe v. Wade, backs abortion rights” and “Barack Obama on Abortion“).

So, can Jack, through his public and private actions, serve as chair of Partners Healthcare (one of the largest abortion providers in the state), raise money for pro-abortion politicians such as President Obama, endorse them, lead faithful Catholics and others to vote for them, and presumably vote for them himself, while also somehow promoting the welfare of the Archdiocese and each applicable Archdiocesan Affiliated Organization and exemplifying the moral traditions of the Church?

As we all know, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, in a 2007 interview with the Boston Globe, acknowledged that Catholic voters in Massachusetts generally support Democratic candidates who are in favor of abortion rights, said, “I think that, at times, it borders on scandal as far as I’m concerned.”

So how does Jack’s very public support for candidates who favor abortion rights reconcile with Church moral teachings, the Code of Conduct policy and the Cardinal’s own belief that it borders on scandal?

Here are a few excerpts from the May 3 Globe article:

Connors adds campaign fundraising to philanthropy

Jack Connors and his wife, Eileen, are hosting President Obama at their Brookline home on May 18. The event is the latest example of the advertising executive’s expansion from traditional philanthropy work to political fundraising.

By Glen Johnson, Globe Staff

When Vice President Joe Biden wanted to meet the right people in March to set up the fundraising apparatus for his and President Obama’s reelection committee, it was Jack Connors who greeted him at his 60th floor office in the John Hancock Tower and then took him down two flights for a reception he put together.

And when Obama comes to Boston in a couple weeks to ask for cash itself, it will be Connors again who welcomes him, this time at his Brookline home.

The president will leave with about $2 million from a dinner that is already sold out.

The back-to-back events highlight Connors’s connection to the White House, as well as his expansion from the philanthropy and foundation work that has followed his successful career founding the advertising powerhouse Hill Holliday.

Connors has now gotten into political fundraising after a courtship begun by Obama two years before he was elected president in 2008.

First, Obama aides asked Connors to come to Washington to sit down with the then-senator. No dice, said Connors. He encouraged his caller to have Obama ring him the next time he was in Boston.

A couple months later, the aides called back, asking Connors and his wife, Eileen, to ride with Obama from Barnstable Airport to a fundraiser in Chatham. The couple agreed.

“I got in the car with him, kind of took the measure of him, and he did the same to me,” Connors recalled on the telephone late last week. “By the time we got to Chatham, we were both smitten.”

Connors, a millionaire many times over who is dedicated to helping those in need, said he was impressed by Obama’s practice of being friendly to everyone he met, from the police officer who escorted him to the waitstaff in the hotel.

Connors ended up introducing Obama at three Boston fundraisers during the 2008 campaign, but he largely receded into the background after the president was elected.

His more recent focus has been raising the $120 million needed to build and endow the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Dorchester.

Yet as Obama and Biden gear up their reelection effort, Connors feels compelled to help. His fundraiser is generating $35,800 per couple.

“A lot of my friends who have made a bunch of money like I did are Republicans, and I’m still tied to being a Democrat, and I think the president said it right the other day: ‘It’s about values,'” he said….

Despite the dinner he’s hosting May 18, which will take place after Obama holds a mass fundraiser at the Cyclorama in the South End, Connors said he has no plans to extend his work beyond Massachusetts — or seek some kind of reward, diplomatic or otherwise, if the president is reelected.

By means of contrast, here is what Cardinal O’Malley said in the Boston Globe on November 15, 2007.

“I think the Democratic Party, which has been in many parts of the country traditionally the party which Catholics have supported, has been extremely insensitive to the church’s position, on the gospel of life in particular, and on other moral issues,” O’Malley said.

Acknowledging that Catholic voters in Massachusetts generally support Democratic candidates who are in favor of abortion rights, O’Malley said, “I think that, at times, it borders on scandal as far as I’m concerned.”

“However, when I challenge people about this, they say, ‘Well, bishop, we’re not supporting [abortion rights],’ ” he said. “I think there’s a need for people to very actively dissociate themselves from those unacceptable positions,

BCI struggles to see this in anything other than black-and-white terms. Since Jack is supporting pro-abortion politicians and failing to dissociate himself from that unacceptable position,  then it would seem to BCI that Cardinal O’Malley feels Jack’s actions border on scandal.  It has been pointed out to BCI over the weekend that Connors’ actions also work against applicable pro-life Archdiocesan Affiliated Organizations and against the moral traditions of the Church, which objectively constitutes a breach of the Code of Conduct.

According to the Code of Conduct, Church personnel who disregard or violate the code “will be subject to remedial action. This action can take several forms, from an oral or written warning to removal and termination of employment or services.”

Beyond the necessity of prayer, what else should be done about the continuing Connors Code of Conduct conundrum?  Has Jack been warned to cancel the fundraiser with Obama on Wednesday or face remedial action such as a verbal or written warning or termination of his services? Is the new Code of Conduct that took many months to write and approve not enforceable?  Or is the archdiocese simply not keen to do something about this Code of Conduct conundrum because it’s Jack Connors?

What do you think is the best way to help the salvation of all of the souls involved and also stop the scandal?

UPDATE: In addition to prayer, one thing you can do is sign our petition to the Holy See. Click the “Stop the Scandal” graphic to the right for next steps.

36 Responses to Continuing Connors Code of Conduct Conundrum

  1. Average Catholic Joe says:

    Isn’t it a no-brainer that Cardinal Sean would sit down with Jack one-on-one and tell him he’s not on the path to saving his own soul by supporting abortion and politicians who support abortion? The Cardinal should also tell him that his public support for abortion is also incompatible with service.

  2. CAM says:

    I remember attending the prayer rally on the Boston Common before the legislative action on gay marriage a few years ago. Cardinal O’Malley was there and spoke and we hoped that democracy would prevail over the influence of special well-connected interests. Sadly that was not to be and the legislative process that brought it about was very demoralizing to witness. Cardinal O’Malley must have been demoralized as well. I can’t help wondering what kind of pressure is brought to bear behind the scenes. There is too close a connection between religion and politics, specifically the Democratic party, in this state. It predates the cardinal’s arrival here. He doesn’t seem strong enough to stand up to it. The question is, would anybody be able to? It probably wasn’t much of a problem in former days, but now that the Democratic Party is the party of abortion, gay marriage, and intrusive government control, this cozy relationship between the party and the diocese is a source of scandal. Because of this I stopped contributing to the annual diocesan appeal two years ago. It was a difficult decision.

    • Carolyn says:

      Dear CAM,

      Your words resonate for their truth and their simplicity. You have captured the difficulty without hyperbole or rancor. Thank you for saying what so many of us have been thinking.

      It seems, doesn’t it, that the Church and pols in Boston went way back because the Irish and Italian pols, in order to stay elected, needed the Church’s friendship. The tables have turned, and when Bryan Hehir clumps all people who wish to foster a Culture of Life (notes caps) into a heap he calls, “scolds,” and Bryan Hehir is a keystone of the Democratic National Committee kitchen cabinet, well it’s not hard to figure out a connection.

      The part that really confounds though is the part where Cardinal O’Malley has abdicated the public discourse to Hehir. I’m not a “Bryan Hehir Exposed” kind of person. Frankly, he wouldn’t be the last priest who proclaimed loving the poor and yet always lived in fine houses and had lots of private income. He can be a thinly veiled worshiper/broker of power and influence (can’t have one without the other) and we just toss him an “Oh well…” After all, his only real role in the Church is diocesan priest who has no interest in the diocesan priesthood. (Ask your pastor.)

      But Sean Patrick O’Malley is another story. Here’s a religious order priest who swaths himself in his Capuchin habit, when the Church norms say that bishops belong not to their order but to their flock, and so must put away their habit. (Ask another Capuchin who became bishop, Chaput in Denver.) Sean is a man who many call exceptional, but I perceive instead to be one who demands exceptional treatment.

      And so, with a straight face, Sean could celebrate Mass at Fatima for the anniversary of the apparition in May, with his very good Portuguese, and his profound appreciation for the saints of Fatima. Then he can rush back to Boston to greet the Nuncio and beat the drum for the Neo-Catechumenal seminarians.

      The same Sean proclaims the glory of Bryan Hehir (ask the priests who went to their convocation two years ago and heard him do so to their disgust). The same Sean knows that if he speaks out against Jack Connors, Jack will flick some p.r. and a couple of emails in the direction of trashing the RCAB. The cardinal, the Globe, Martha Coakley and Bryan Hehir all do just what Jack tells them to do. Cardinal O’Malley’s spinelessness in the face of these petty tyrants has rendered him, in many ways, like a figure in a waxworks museum… so lifelike until you realize that he isn’t really there at all.

      What Jack doesn’t understand, and Bryan Hehir couldn’t, is that the Church in Boston (its strongest pastors, most devoted parishioners and many effective leaders) pays no attention to Sean. Much good gets done in spite of this sorrowful sight.

      Sean has mounted an exquisite scheme — albeit unwittingly — to convert the parishes of this Archdiocese to the Congregational way of organizing. This time it’s not about having a priest with an “anything goes” attitude. It’s about priests who pore over their options to avoid the shipwreck at 66 Brooks without violating the Canons. How can they run a parish where 360 days of the year everyone can pretend Sean isn’t the ordinary? How can they run a parish where they keep to the letter of the Code, and keep their vows, without allowing the chancellor to destroy them?

      There are good and effective people at #66. Once in a while they succeed in assisting the parishes rather than burdening the parishes. But many of the employees at #66 bow their heads at the chancellor’s blessing, and these are the very people who the pastors, and parish pastoral and finance councils, have learned to leave out of the conversation.

      So don’t wait for Cardinal O’Malley to do the right thing… we’ve waited almost eight years for him to lead, and five years for him to get rid of the McDonough maelstrom. Go see your pastor and ask how you can help. Urge him to join with other pastors to see how they can take care of the flock, and bring back those who have wandered off.

      As for $$$, give your money to restricted funds in your parish (Braintree can’t swipe their 18% of restricted funds); Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, or Saint John’s Seminary (about 100 seminarians and about 200 people taking lay formation classes, all to grow the Church); religious orders of women like the Sisters of Charity, Little Sisters of the Poor and Poor Clares, who actually do care for the poor; and the Carmelite Sisters who run Marian Manor and Saint Patrick’s Manor, caring for the sick; and the Daughters of Saint Paul, who spread the Word of God through books, magazines, websites and recordings. You can be sure that they have no bloated salaries, no gigantic offices, no email address at the Democratic National Committee, and no mansion in Chestnut Hill. They just get the work of the Church done, and make us all humble to belong to the same faith.

      • CAM says:

        Dear Carolyn,
        Thank you for your kind and informative response, your helpful suggestions, and your dose of optimism. I wandered from the Church many years ago, and returned, through God’s Divine Providence. I’ll never leave again, and do believe that “the gates of hell will not prevail against it”.

    • Average Catholic Joe says:

      CAM and Carolyn,
      I’m in total agreement with both of you. I was also at that prayer rally on Boston Common in 2004 and remember thinking then-Archbishop O’Malley was excellent. What a difference 7 years makes. I don’t know which is the real Sean O’Malley–the person who stood against the party of “gay marriage” and the culture of death, or the person who’s now in a cozy relationship with their fundraisers.

      But if Cardinal O’Malley’s been demoralized or isn’t strong enough to stand up to them, he needs to look to himself for letting this happen and inviting them into the fold. I believe he brought Bryan Hehir back to Boston to his archdiocesan cabinet and allowed Jack Connors into his “kitchen cabinet.” He tapped Janet Eisner and Peter Meade for the reconfiguration committee and as BCI tells us, he sat by and let Ann Carter bring Terry Donilon into communications. Does Sean O’Malley ever call Catholic legislators to educate them on why they should vote according to church teachings, does he call to ask for their support, like I know Cardinal Law did? I don’t think so. Did he ask Ted Kennedy to help the church oppose gay marriage? Probably not, since Teddy helped defeat the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage that the Cardinal was supporting:

      How Ted delivered (gay) marriage to Massachusetts

      I don’t know what’s become of the archbishop I admired seven years ago, but whateve rleadership abilities he had in his first few years after he got here look like they’ve melted away.

      If the Cardinal doesn’t have the spine to make like Ray Charles and say “Hit the Road, Jack,” maybe BCI needs to say it for him.

      • CAM says:

        Dear Average Catholic Joe,
        Your post causes me again to wonder what may be going on behind the scenes. Are there threats? Not physical threats, of course; there are other kinds. I’ve lived in other dioceses. The close relationship between a political party and a diocesan administration is somewhat unique to Boston; and it appears that the political party has the upper hand in this relationship. What’s worse, that party has complete control in this state.

  3. Former Employee says:

    O’Malley does not worship God, he worships the almighty dollar and Connors can place many dollars at his feet.

    BCI continues to make apologies for the man, saying he is “out of touch” or “doesn’t know what is going on”…I think it is high time BCI analyzes the evidence of his actions which continue to point to another more sinister motive.

    The greatest trick the Devil ever played was convincing people he did not exist.

    Perhaps the greatest trick O’Malley has played is that he does not know what is going on.

    • Former employee,

      BCI is surprised to hear you feel BCI comes across as apologizing for the Cardinal, as that is not something we feel we have done at all. We feel a person reaps what he/she sows and he owns the current situation.

      That said, we do not know what is in his heart and soul. So we cannot judge who he worships or what the personal motives and intentions are behind his actions (or failure to act).

      So, what you see from BCI in our posts and in our editing of reader comments is a focus on what can be objectively observed (actions and words) and what reasonable people can conclude from that objectively verifiable information.

      Make no mistake, the Cardinal is ultimately responsible for the current situation in the Boston Archdiocese.

  4. TheLastCatholicinBoston says:

    Smitten by a guy who voted AGAINST a ban on Partial Birth Abortion.(infanticide) Smitten…SMITTEN!
    S M I T T E N!

    What do you think is the best way to help the salvation of all of the souls involved and also stop the scandal?

    Bringing back the St. Michael prayer at the end of Mass in the diocese would be a great start.

    * No cost involved
    * No staff to manage implementation
    * The Cardinal could easily write the decree himself
    * Push-back would easily identify enemies of The Church
    * It would confirm the Cardinals leadership on something

    For those of you who have forgotten…

    Saint Michael the Archangel,
    defend us in battle.
    Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
    by the Divine Power of God –
    cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
    who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.


    I think re-instituting the Saint Michael prayer would certainly be in line with the Spirit of St. Francis.

    Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury,pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
    to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood as to understand;
    to be loved as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive;
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

  5. Just Saying... says:

    I’m not sure the Cardinal has the canonical authority to add a prayer to the Mass. The Mass is the Mass and the rubrics must be followed. Perhaps you could add a prayer for when the “Mass has ended” but to do so before that I think would be something that would have to come from someone with a higher pay grade than the Cardinal.

    • CAM says:

      To Just Saying:
      The prayer to St. Michael was said after every Mass in the Philadelphia Archdiocese when I was a child and young adult. When I attend Mass there on family visits now, it is still (or once again) being said after Mass. I’m sure that it’s in Cardinal O’Malley’s power to institute the practice in Boston. The story of how the St. Michael prayer came to be said after Mass is very interesting and can probably be found by googling it, for those interested.

    • TheLastCatholicinBoston says:

      Hey Just Saying,

      Please Check Diocese of Springfield Ill. the Bishop Thomas Paprocki there has done this very thing.

      Get real.
      Video taped fundraising homilies, New Age-type RENEW prayers at Mass and there is a concern about Praying the Saint Michael Prayer?
      Again more evidence of the complete absurdity that the RCAB has become.

      Perhaps we should rather hold hands and hum to the vibrations of Mother Earth?

      We need the Archangels at this point.

      • Just Saying... says:

        No concern here….love the prayer…but we who might be more conservative in our Catholicism should not do what we loath of those whom we might disagree with. Let’s be consistent and follow the rules rather than try and add something to Mass. As I said, if the prayer is said after the final blessing before the final hymn, than I think that would be OK but to add it in anywhere before that would be falling into the same error as our more liberal Catholic brothers and sisters. Let’s not be hypocrites is I guess what I’m getting at. Once again, love the prayer, pray the prayer, just want to be within the rules.

  6. A. J. Constantino says:

    We certainly need Jack O’Malley to clarify the point!

    The reference made by “TheLast Catholic InBoston” may refere to the Prayers Ordered by Leo XII to be said after Low Mass.

    If I remember Correctly:

    Three – Hail Marys
    Salve Regina

    “A {Prayer to God our refuge and strength”

    Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

    Then three times” Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Pray for us!

    I cannot say for 100% certainty (Remember I was a kid when Mass was said in Latin) but I think the prayers were said after the words of dismissal?!

    Jack O’Malley knows for sure.

    Why not say them after Mass now?

    I think the only people you would offend are those in a rush to leave Mass!

  7. Serviam says:

    Just Saying et al:

    This is a prayer following the last Blessing. In fact, the Leonine Prayers, instituted by Pope Saint Leo XIII in 1884, Universally recited in the Roman Rite until the first liturgical reforms were instituted with Missale Romanum of 1966 [the transitional Missal] prior to the introduction of the Novus Ordo Missae in 1970. In effect the Leonine Prayers fell into general disuse in 1965.

    The Leonine Prayers which included the St. Michael Prayer were typically recited following Low Mass (now known as the Extraordinary Form or Traditional Latin Mass) and are considered outside of Holy Mass. they were typically omitted following a Missa Cantata (Sung High Mass – principal Sunday Mass) or a Solemn High Mass.

    In the Archdiocese of Boston, not only did we have the Leonine Prayers following all Low Masses prior to 1965, we included the ‘Divine Praises’, as an act of reparation for profanity and blasphemy for the sacking and burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown by a mob of anti-Catholic ‘Know Nothings’ in August 1834. This custom instituted by Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick.

    For your information both practices were revived in Boston with the the re-introduction of the Extraodinary Form (Tridentine – Traditional Latin Mass – TLM) in Boston at Holy Trinity German Church in 1990. Both the Leonine Prayers and the ‘Divine Praises’ are again recited in multiple locations throughout the Boston Archdiocese with the revival of the TLM, particularly since Benedict XVI’s 2007 motu proprio “Summorum Pontificum”.

    I do not see revival of this custom following the Ordinary Form a problem as it is outside of Mass and is an act of devotion and reparation.

    • Jack O'Malley says:

      I think AJ is right about the prayers, which were said after Low Mass. High Masses were rarer and Solemn Masses extremely rare, at least in the parishes I grew up in.

      I don’t know whether the ordinary can slip the Leonine prayers into the novus ordo on his own initiative — he can probably allow a reading from the coran but anything that smacks of retrograde pre-V2 liturgy is probably banned. Perhaps the best we can hope for is a picture of St. Michael on the balloons.

      There is an additional logistical problem however. The prayers were said after the Last Gospel at the foot of the high altar. There is no longer a Last Gospel and many churches don’t have a foot of the altar. They don’t even have a high altar to have a foot of. They have a table for the “meal”.

      Besides, what is the priest … I mean, presbyter, to do? Circle around to the front and turn his back, his BACK!, to the liturgical ladies, DRE, EMHC’s and all the “ministers” of God knows what, and kneel down. KNEEL? KNEEL?

      He could of course just kneel on his side of the altar but then the clueless congregation would loose sight of the star of the show hidden behind the table cloth. I suppose he could lift it up and peek out from under the table at his admiring minions while banishing Satan and the other evil spirits. It would be awkward. But it would accord well with the protestanized “service”.

      The uncatechized novus ordinarians are now asking, “Who’s Satan?” I don’t want to say anything against Old Scratch since I understand that ad hominem’s are discouraged in the comboxes. But what about ad diabolum’s?

      I am not going to mention Jack Connors either for the same reason. This may in fact be a redundancy. It is my very own personal Jack Connors code of conduct conundrum.

      • Boston Catholic Insider says:

        Thanks for your comments. Your linguistic skills and gift of written expression almost always bring a smile to the face of us here at BCI!

        Though we do discourage ad hominems in the comments, when it comes to Satan, you can assume we’ll allow ad diabolums.

    • Jack O'Malley says:

      Oops – I hadn’t read your comment, Serviam, before I posted. Some duplication on my part. Sorry.

  8. Serviam says:

    There is no impediment instituting the Leonine Prayers following the Novus Ordo…[Note, I attend both forms during the course of week. Traditional Missa Cantata/Low Mass on Sunday and Novus Ordo Daily].

    After the last Blessing the Priest simply approaches the Tabernacle, where ever He is located. No argument a ‘front and center’ Tabernacle location is preferred and conveys to the Faithful what is most important in a right ordered Sanctuary. Acolytes may flank and kneel with the Priest and the Faithful follow suit.

    (Ave: Recited 3 times by Priest and Faithful)
    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

    (Salve Regina: Recited by Priest and Faithful)
    Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mouring and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

    Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    (Recited by Priest)
    Let us pray.

    O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

    (Sancte Michael Archangele: Recited by Priest and Faithful)
    Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
    Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.

    (Recited with the Priest)
    The Divine Praises
    Blessed be God.
    Blessed be His Holy Name.
    Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
    Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
    Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
    Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
    Blessed be the Holy Spirit (Ghost), the paraclete.
    Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
    Blessed be Her holy and Immaculate Conception.
    Blessed be Her glorious Assumption.
    Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
    Blessed be Saint Joseph, Her most chaste spouse.
    Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.

    May the Heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the Tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.

  9. Jerry says:

    We “don’t know Jack.” Our former Ambassador to the Vatican, the Harvard Law Professor, Glendon once said God Help the RCAB if the Cardinal turns over the Archdiocese to Jack Connors.
    Our Cardinal lives in an upscale neighborhood in a newly refurbished rectory as does Bryan Hehir. God help them if they “rub sholders” with the poor.

  10. Jack O'Malley says:


    Perhaps my memory is flawed but I don’t remember the Divine Praises being said after Low Mass. They most definitely were recited after Benediction. In my day, the one about the Paraclete had not yet come into use. And the “May the Heart of Jesus” I don’t remember either. Any idea of the dates of those two additions?

  11. The suggestions to say prayers at the end of Mass–or more specifically, immediately after the final blessing–sound great. Fr. Jonathan Gaspar is the Co-Director of the office for Worship and Spiritual Life, and the suggestion would probably be best directed to him.

    Interesting as the discussion may be about how exactly this was done in the past, BCI would like to suggest that those commenting bring the discussion back to the main topic of the post going forward.

    • Jack O'Malley says:

      Point taken, BCI. And kudos to all of you whoever you are for doing yeoman’s service in bringing the archdiocese back onto its proper course.

      In keeping with your exhortation, I would pose the question, “Does Jack Connors even remember the Divine Praises?” 😉

    • Kevin in El Paso says:

      I think there is too much of a concern here for something that is a non-thing. The prayer to Saint Michael said after the final blessing (which ends the mass) is much like a rosary said before mass. Both prayers, though said in the church, are said outside of mass. I do not believe any priest of the church actually needs his bishop’s, or anyone else’s, permission to allow or lead prayers outside of mass.

  12. TheLastCatholicinBoston says:

    …the main topic was; the answer to the question…

    “What do you think is the best way to help the salvation of all of the souls involved and also stop the scandal?”

    What a great question!

    When we can get passed the false dichotomy of conservative VS liberal Catholic and focus on orthodoxy and ascending to The Truth where do we end up? Prayer!
    And a pre-Vatican 2 one at that! It seems Benedict XVI is leading the flock this way as well. Can you say “the hermeneutic of continuity”

    So in summary…the best way and..stop scandal.
    * Pray
    * Fraternal correction
    * Excommunication in the face of obstinate public scandal.
    * Seek super natural protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. Popular snares may included: vanity, popularity, the accoutrements that come with extreme wealth or power, an inflated sense of importance and delusion from imprudent blogging. Etc.

    I hope to see a complete guest list from the up coming party for Obama, right here on BCI.

  13. doubting pastor says:

    As I’m reading the posts here, I’m watching that lousy and confusing battle brewing between liberal and conservative Catholic. Don’t you realize that our problem is not liberal vs. conservative, but Brooks Street vs. The People of God. Boston Catholic Iinsider began as a blog to detroy the veil that Brooks Street weaves and help us to band together as Church, Don’t lose sight of the real battle.

    The liberal vs. conservative arguement only stives to create a monologue where neither side will listen to one another. It splits us as church. I amno advocating that we accept any and all kinds of sinfullness, but let’s not go down the road that detracts us from our main purpose: ficing the hierarchy. That’s where our real battle lies.

    • Serviam says:

      doubting pastor,

      I’m sure you wouldn’t disagree that living out and witnessing our Catholic Faithful and orthodox manner is neither liberal or conservative. Such political labels are merely two dimensional and often fail to capture the essence of how we should live the Faith. We are in a struggle both Natural and Supernatural. If we are conscious of this, our behavior may actually transcend or include elements of what the world considers either liberal or conservative.

      How does one identify a person who accepts the entire Sacred Tradition of Holy Mother Church? This Tradition both harmonizes and divides the political world.

      I believe both Catholic action and prayer are important components in this struggle. A fight we both see and don’t see.

      • CAM says:

        Dear Serviam,

        Well-said. Thank you.

      • TheLastCatholicinBoston says:

        How does one identify a person who accepts the entire Sacred Tradition of Holy Mother Church?

        – By their Obedience to the Roman Pontiff and the Magisterium.

        Thank you Serviam for your clarity, blog-bound spiritual guidance and insight.

    • TheLastCatholicinBoston says:

      Dear Doubting Pastor,
      I’m not really sure where you are coming from.
      The Archangels don’t vote.
      There is no great mystery involved with the shenanigans in Braintree, nor with the $10 million dollar so-called scandal for that matter.
      It is Sin Father, Sin.
      “a blog to destroy”?
      “help us band together – as church”?
      Helooowooo? Ya, just what the church needs another VOTF gang.

      You want to help with the terrible terror of Braintree?

      Be obedient to Rome.
      Study your Latin.
      The real battle is for salvation, the other stuff are minor details.

      If you genuinely believe there is some diabolical earthly plot here in the Diocese, have at it. I believe there is another currently inactive blog for that.

      If you would like to fight the misogynistic hierarchical power structure go have tea with the ladies.

    • Boston Catholic Insider says:

      Doubting Pastor,
      Thanks for your comments. As you probably have seen, BCI has avoided the labels “liberal” and “conservative” in our posts and we continue to work at destroying the veil that many at 66 Brooks weave. We agree with Serviam: living out and witnessing our Catholic Faith is neither liberal nor conservative. (In fact, we liked that comment so much, we cited it in today’s post!).

      That being said, as part of good diocesan governance–which is a key focus for BCI–it makes sense to us that Church leaders in the hierarchy along with their advisors who are also considered “Church personnel” should conduct themselves in a manner consistent with Church teachings that does not work against the moral traditions of the Church or against the mission of archdiocesan organizations. BCI has reported on this in what we believe is an objective manner free from ideological labels, while also offering fraternal correction as best as we can. If those Church leaders in the hierarchy and advisors who impact archdiocesan governance do not wish to conform their public actions to Church teachings or to the archdiocese’s own Code of Conduct, then maybe they will need to reexamine whether the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is the right match for their contributions. In addition, perhaps getting a few of these people off the proverbial archdiocesan “bus” will further pierce the “veil” and help the good folks at 66 Brooks do a better job of serving the clergy and laity in Boston.

      If you or others disagree with this position, please let us know. Again, thanks very much for your candid comments.

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  15. Alice Slattery says:

    Following the directions on your website, I filled out the ethics complaint to the Archdiocese of Boston. I claimed that Jack Connors, as the Chair of the Boston Archdiocese Finance Council Institutional Advancement Committee, is acting in a scandalous way by advancing the pro-abortion agenda of Pres. Obama by organizing a fund-raising extravaganza at his house when the president comes to Boston. This act scandalizes the students in the Catholic schools that Jack Connors claims to be helping. Advancing the most powerful supporter of abortion in this country is NOT what the chair of the Boston Archdiocese Finance Council Institutional Advancement Committee should be advancing. Needless to say, I have not had a response from the Archdiocese to my ethics complaint!

  16. Mack says:

    The situation in RCAB is very troubling. Like a previous commenter, I formerly had a good opinion of Cardinal O’Malley. But now I have quite a different opinion. I feel sad to see the Archbishop delegating away his responsibilities to others who are not acting in the best interests of the Church and its faithful people. But at the end of the day, the archbishop holds responsibility before God. I pray for him, that the Holy Spirit will enlighten him and open his eyes to what he needs to do to set the archdiocese on a better course.

  17. […] follow-up of our most recent post, “Continuing Connors Code of Conduct Conundrum” and the comments we received on it, we are giving readers a chance to voice their views on the […]

  18. Dan Buckley says:

    We frequently encounter problems in our doicesan as well as in our parochial administrations. We need solutions far more than we need analyses. May I suggest that there is one solution that is available to us, a solution that can bring about all the good we seek, and that solution is prayer. How much time do we spend in praying for our pastors and our bishops? Perhaps more time in prayer and a bit less in criticism might bring light and grace to our shepherds. As old Mr Feinstein used to say, “It couldn’t hoit.”

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