We take a break from our election coverage to let you know that Vicar General, Msgr. Deeley has been named an auxiliary bishop in Boston by Pope Benedict XVI. Here are excerpts from the Globe report:
Monsignor Robert P. Deeley, who spent the past year serving as vicar general and moderator of the Curia in Boston, has been assigned to the Titular See of Kearney and will be ordained as auxiliary bishop in January, according to a statement from the archdiocese.
He will continue to serve as vicar general and moderator of the Curia.
Deeley, 66, said he is humbled by his new position.
“I pray that God grants me wisdom to continue to do the work He has blessed me with nearly forty years of being a priest,” he said in a statement. “Throughout, I have been inspired by the love and support of my family and the joy of bringing the sacraments to our people.”
Deeley chose “Veritatem Facere in Caritate” as his Episcopal motto, which translates to “Living the Truth in Love,” the archdiocese said.
O’Malley said in a statement that Deeley “has contributed greatly to the life of the Church, always focused on bringing people closer to God.”
Deeley entered Cardinal O’Connell Minor Seminary in Jamaica Plain and then studied philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He graduated in 1968.
He studied at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and earned a degree in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1972, the archdiocese said.
He was ordained in 1973 at his home parish and served as pastor of St. Bartholomew’s Parish in Needham for five years.
Deeley became secretary to the Metropolitan Tribunal of Boston in 1978 and served with the office for more than 20 years. He was a priest at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes in Newton Upper Falls and St. Brigid’s Parish in Lexington, the archdiocese said.
Deeley became pastor of St. Ann’s Parish in Quincy in 1999 and president of the Canon Law Society of America in 2000.
In 2004 Deeley was assigned to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican department that oversees doctrine and handles cases involving clergy abuse of minors, the archdiocese said.
“We are grateful to the Holy Father for naming Monsignor Robert Deeley as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston,” O’Malley said. “Throughout his priesthood Bishop-elect Deeley has served with a deep and abiding commitment to Christ and the Church.”
We congratulate Msgr. Deeley on this elevation to Auxiliary Bishop! Question now is: What will be different, if anything at all? Will he, like most auxiliary bishops, merely do whatever work he is instructed to do by his diocesan ordinary, and nothing dramatic will come from the elevation?
Now that he has gotten the purple hat, even if what he might really desire is his own see, BCI thinks it is a good time for him to exercise stronger leadership in his role as the highest administrative official in the Boston archdiocese after the Cardinal archbishop. For example, is it not about time that something be done about the following?:
- Continuing decline in the number of Mass-going Catholics
- Excessive six-figure salaries like the $325K salary of Schools Superintendent, Mary Grassa O’Neill, and dozens of others paid more than $150K/year
- Obama fundraiser and abortion supporter, Jack Connors’, continuing involvement on the Finance Council and with Catholic Schools
- Unresolved clergy abuse accusations against priests that have dragged on for years and years, at a cost of $22M in salaries and benefits
- The ongoing influence of Fr. Bryan Hehir in everyday decision-making by Cardinal O’Malley
- The unresolved HR scandal at St. Catherine School in Norwood
- The problem of 60% of parishes being in the red
- Major void at the top in governance and teaching the truths of our faith
Other than those minor points, everything is going fine. In all sincerity, we wish Bishop-elect Deeley well and will pray for his success in addressing these issues and others critical to the future of the Boston archdiocese.