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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Sowing seeds for a new generation of discontent.

You may not have heard, but the first list of parishes that are going to get new priests is out. I can only imagine that there will be some Catholics suprised by the fact that their pastor has not announced his pending departure. I will post the list that that was forwarded to me at the bottom of this posting.

What is notable is the continuation of my theory about Archbishop Dolan. Sadly, he is not showing much initiative (read as backbone) in moving ahead with a plan for stronger and more orthodox parishes. Instead, he let's the holdovers from the previous era undermine what many of us had hoped he might seek to accomplish.

What is the telling sign this week: What pastors are going to be given the role of mentoring the five young men to be ordained this spring? Only three associate positions have been announced so far. There is one thing called a "team member" in Fon du Lac, so that might be a fourth. (So, which of the five young men is going to be skipped over for ordination? Probably because he is too orthodox.) Well, here are the three listed so far....

St. Matthias, Milwaukee -- Fr. David Cooper (Yes, already infamous, Voice of the Faithful, Alliance of Priests, Women's Ordination David Cooper...that David Cooper. This would also be a supposedly Catholic parish which, on it's web page for "About Us - Who We Are", the words Eucharist, Jesus, and Christ never appear anywhere. )

St. James, Menomonee Falls -- Fr. Arthur Heinz (Formerly the director all that is therapeutic pyschobabble at St. Francis Seminary. His present parish is sponsoring a lenten reflection series by a nun who is a self proclaimed "spiritual midwife." What can you say about a parish where the directory gives precedence to the lead custodian over the the pastor.)

Three Holy Women/Old St. Mary, Milwaukee -- Fr. Tim Kitzke (I know little about Fr. Kitzke.)

The point is, why affirm the ministry and reward the pastoral style of Cooper or Heinz? Does Archbishop Dolan really want these examples to be carried on in a new generation?

The answer has to be one of the following:

1) Yes, in reality His Excellency wants to support the dissent of a Cooper or the weak expectations of a Heinz.

2) No, but he doesn't really care about Milwaukee. Why rock the boat of the diocesan bureaucrats when he is simply biding his time until tha Cardinal's seat opens.

3) No, but he is in such need to be liked even by his detracters that he will sell out for a compliment.

4) No, but he has no real control over anything in his diocese.

None of the options is very comforting.

For those who are interested, here are the remaining places (so far) who will be getting new priests this spring:

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Kenosha
Queen of Apostles, Pewaukee
Shepherd of the Hills, Eden
St. Augustine, Milwaukee
St. Bruno, Dousman
St. Charles Borromeo, Burlington
St. Dominic, Sheboygan
St. Edward, Racine
St. James, Mukwonago
St. Joseph, Waukesha
St. Joseph, Wauwatosa
St. Kilian, Hartford
St. Margaret Mary, Milwaukee
St. Richard, Racine
Sacred Heart, Horicon
St. Aloysius, West Allis
St. Mary, Pell Lake
Holy Family, Fond du Lac


There you have it....start praying, who knows what you will get.

Mike

2 Comments:

Blogger Terrence Berres said...

Is that a second term at St. Matthias for Fr. Cooper?

For what it's worth, Fr. Kitzke is not listed as a member of the priests' union.

Can you describe generally what kind of change in the assigning of priests you'd like to see?

Friday, February 17, 2006 7:01:00 PM  
Blogger Mike, the Faithful Catholic said...

The list indicates that an associate pastor will be sent to St. Matthias. I don't know about Fr. Cooper's term. I just fear what example he will give to a newly ordained priest.

As to the process, I admit that is not easy, there are so few good priests in the area right now. But I do beleive that the Archbishop can make clear statements with appointments. If I understand things correctly, a committee of priests (most are probably in the union) make recommendations that the bishop follows almost verbatim.

I fear that they will protect their own interests and agendas rather than assisting the Archbishop in his.

Mike

Friday, February 17, 2006 7:31:00 PM  

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