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Monday, June 12, 2006

Showing the handicapper's handicaps.

Just some initial reflections in the list posted on Saturday.

First, from what I hear, it would be easy to agree with Dad29 with the comments he posted.

I don't personally know know most of the priests listed, so I will have to limit my comments. (That could be difficult.) I will only comment a the first four right now:

Dave Malloy recently got appointed as General Secretary of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. If I am not mistaken it is a five year term. It would seem unlikely that the Pope would pull a good man from that position for the sake of an auxiliary bishop position. My guess is that, while a great choice for the job, his odds should be much longer.

Jeffrey Haines is a pastor in West Bend with a good reputation. A friend from that area remembers an absence when Fr. Haines left to go back to school, but for some reason it did not last long. Academics might not be Fr. Jeff's forte anymore. No advanced degree. Biggest killer here, a member of the priest alliance. Does anyone know if he signed the optional celibacy petition?

Michael Witczak is rector of the now oft re-configured St. Francis Seminary. With the latest decision to close the Seminary's academic portions coming so soon after the Vatican visitation it seems that Fr. Witczak does not have the ecclesial wherewithal. Also, a member of the priest alliance. The fact that Witczak was a parting shot by Weakland at his successor can't help either.

Paul Hartmann (the handicapper has his name spelled wrong). The first of the unfair evals. I like that he has Dolan's favor; don't know anything about "ousting" Brundage. I have to guess that he is a good church lawyer. According to the website of the Canon Law Society of America, he had a term on their leadership board, and was even nominated to run for the office of president. He runs the Pallium lectures which has brought in the best, and most orthodox, speakers this area has seen in 30 years. Not a member of the Alliance priest union, and even seems to be an oft-scorned critic of them. (It should be noted that after Fr. Hartmann complained, they did feel the need to get some document reviewed, re-reviewed, and changed.) As for being a "right wing zealot", on the one hand this is a compliment; on the other, according to people I know who have heard him preach at St. Leonard's and St. Aloysius say that he is solidly Catholic without being harsh. I guess anyone who respects B-16 and JPII would be a right wing zealot in Milwaukee. The best choice so far in my book.


That's all I can do for now.

Request, does anyone know if a list of names of the priests who signed the optional celibacy petition is anywhere on the net? Please let me know. No one on that list has any chance of becoming a bishop.

Further comments are welcome! Feel free to start your own list and send it to the Archbishop and the nuncio.

Mike

3 Comments:

Blogger Andrew said...

In continuing the tradition of asking questions... What is the priests' alliance? From the looks of it, i can see it supports some not-good stuff... that, and both of the priests at my parish are in the alliance (surprise surprise (/sarcasm))...

thanks.

i really enjoy reading your blog, btw, mike.

Monday, June 12, 2006 7:21:00 PM  
Blogger Mike, the Faithful Catholic said...

The Priest Alliance is an attempt by a number of the more whiney of this town's priest to form a union.

They have a website: http://www.milwalliance.org/about.htm

The Mission Statement there seems nice enough, but it is always in the activity that truths can be found. Read the minutes of the meetings and you will get a sense of their childishness.

In my book, there is so much in what they do that is contrary to the unity and obedience that priest's should strive for, that anyone who is a member should not ever become a bishop.

Mike

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 8:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fr. Hartmann served as an 'interim' administrator at a Parish where we assisted at Mass regularly.

He's pleasant but not a glad-hander, straight-laced but not off-putting.

He also gets things done at the Chancery.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 9:59:00 AM  

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