Readers, as BCI approaches our 1-year anniversary, we have been pondering the best way to celebrate the dubious distinction of a year of blogging about the Archdiocese of Boston. We have received a number of suggestions from readers and are trying one of them today.
We like surveys and polls, so this is a chance for you to weigh in on what you think are the most serious mistakes, breaches of trust, or examples of corruption
that have been propagated by the leadership of the Archdiocese of Boston in the past year.
To do this in a way that lets you rate the different choices on a scale from “no big deal” to “very serious: heads should roll,” we had to use a tool with the blog asks you to click on a button and it puts the survey up in a pop-up window. Do not worry, there are no viruses. It will take you only 2 minutes to answer the questions.
Click on the blue “Take BCI Survey” button immediately below and the survey will pop-up, or if you don’t see a blue button, click here for the survey.
For your information, the items you are voting on with your ratings are below.
- Transfer of Caritas Christi to Cerberus/Steward, $25M sellout clause for abandoning Catholic ethical directives on abortion, and associated deceptive communications
- Blocking access to BCI from Pastoral Center computers last August
- “Sham search” for new Secretary of Institutional Advancement and deception to faithful Catholics and the search committee that an “open search” was being undertaken when it was never intended.
- Lay employee pension plan: intimidating past employees into taking less than their accrued pension benefit
- Letting vigil parishes stay occupied after all canonical appeals were expired
- Allowing Jack Connors to remain on Finance Council after multiple conflicts of interest and fund-raising for President Obama revealed
- Publicly saying the 2010 archdiocesan budget was balanced when it really was not
- Failure to ever announce results of Campaign for Catholic Schools 2010 campaign
- 2010 Catholic Appeal raising $1.5M less than 2009 appeal with Jack Connors’ new “crackerjack” fund-raising team in-place
- Mary Grassa O’Neill’s $325,000 annual salary
- Diversion of reconfiguration funds to Jack Connors’ Brockton school project instead of repaying lay pension funds
- Daughters of St. Paul lay pension fiasco: Archdiocese stonewalling Daughters for 5 years prompting lawsuit, then Cardinal O’Malley intervening with Superior General, contributing to removal of U.S. provincial leadership
- Jim McDonough being reappointed to another 5-year term as Chancellor
- Listing Holy Trinity Church for sale on Sothebys before any consultation/survey process as was done for churches in vigil.
- Implementation of Ethicspoint anonymous whistleblower process without a process to go over and above Jim McDonough and the Cardinal
- Finance Council forming a Compensation Committee comprised of business execs earning seven-figure salaries to review the problem of excessive six-figure salaries paid to archdiocesan business execs.
- 2010 Pastoral Center layoffs of low-paid staff with a long history of faithful service to the archdiocese in favor of keeping high-paid lay executives
- Catholic Schools office hiring 3 associate superintendents in addition to the existing six-figure-salaried associate superintendents, plus Mary Grassa O’Neill
Failing to operate with integrity and good governance, and thus failing to deprive BCI of material to blog about.
- Cardinal Sean’s continuing abdication of responsibility for leading and governing the diocese
- [Update/addition] Persistent conflicts of interest under Bryan Hehir & Jack Connors (Caritas, seminary real estate, conversion of reconfiguration funds, interlocking boards)
Click on the blue “Take BCI Survey” button immediately below and the survey will pop-up, or click here.
If you feel we have missed something important, feel free to let us know via comments below. The survey will be open through midnight on the evening of Tuesday, June 21. Vote early and vote often as they say. Enjoy!