In yet another disgrace for the Boston Archdiocese, the keynote speaker at last weeks’ Celebration of the Priesthood dinner/fundraiser was John Allen, associate editor of the Boston Globe. Allen was previously a reporter for the National Catholic Reporter. The fundraiser dinner raised $1.6M and was reported on here in the mainstream press and also on Cardinal Sean’s blog.
BCI and a number of our readers were disgusted to learn that Allen was picked to speak for this fundraiser. The Globe, of course, is opposed to every single one of the moral teachings of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. One reader asked, “Why do we have an editor from a pro-gay marriage, pro-choice newspaper speaking publicly to an event that honors and supports Catholic clergy?” The Catholic Church is diametrically opposed in philosophy to the secular humanism of the Globe. The choice of Allen is simply further evidence that Cardinal O’Malley is a modernist who does not care about promoting the authentic teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Also, it should be noted that there have been no communications about the state of the Clergy Fund. Paying the day in and day out operational costs for retired and ill clergy is one thing and it is good that they have stability there. But what about the future for our clergy? Why has the declared deficit of over $175M not been reduced over time? What is going to be done to fully fund the Clergy Fund for future priests? Is the additional $100M+ that used to be in the Clergy Fund deficit now being forgotten about?
BCI thinks it was a disgrace for Cardinal O’Malley to have a figure like Allen from a heretical pub like the Globe and Crux speak at any Catholic venue–let along an event that to honor and support Catholic priests. What do you think?