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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Mr. Smith goes to .... anywhere else.

MF sent an e-mail again. Parenthetical comment: MF, feel free to post your comments directly to the blog! Actually, MF (an alias to protect her anonymity) sent two e-mails, one after the other to me. The second was more self-indulgent than the first:

Great job on "Minaret," I sent the article far and wide--hopefully it will end up on some important Vatican desk in the Congregation for Divine Worship & the Sacraments . . .I have distributed your blog comments also.

Not to toot my own horn...but, please feel free to forward my observations far and wide! Readers, please let me know, for selfish reasons, when you forward my simple diatribes to others.

Now, we should take a moment to consider "MF's" first e-mail:

Dear Mike,

I was speaking with a friend and they were telling me that they had heard that Brother Bob Smith was no longer working in the education office of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. Do you know anything about this? Did the Weaklandista put him out or did he leave of his own volition. Would love to know your thoughts.

With faith and prayers,

MF

The Brother Bob issue is interesting. I have commented previously that Brother Bob Smith is the first, if not only, bold statement or assertive action be His Excellency. (Example 1, Example 2)

MF, I have heard rumbling surrounding the same issue. According to the Archdiocese of Milktoast website, Brother Bob is no longer part of the Archbishop's "Executive committee". That leaves the Archbishop's self-appointed, self-chosen, self-defined (do you get the picture that there are no excuses or rationalizations for the make up of this group) closest advisory group the includes two, possibly, three ex-nuns, and a former Jesuit University edu-crat.

Now, it must be noted that Archdiocesan website (honestly, a not-so-user-friendly place if there ever was one....how much are our contributions are paying for this example of web-based doublespeak..by this I mean that Madame spokeswoman could, if asked, say things are "available on the website", but they are so hidden and so hard to find that, morally speaking, I wonder if she speaks a lie when she tries to assert this notion of false availability), indicates that Brother Bob is still considered the main "contact" for "Educational and Formational Services." This could be an over sight but the problem is that if you call the listed phone number, 414-769-3300 (prank calls appreciated...), the rather uncooperative woman who answers tells you the Brother Bob "no longer works here." Either the telephone operator, or the website is wrong (can we say "lying"?).

Now, there is little that I could say about Bro. Bob's nascent termination, but concession has to be made to the fact that even though Bro. Bob was appointed by His Excellency (the at least titular head of the Milktoast Archdiocese), said same Brother Bob Smith seemingly never resigned from extensive responsibilities at Messmer Schools. For now, the ongoing/former/present President of Messmer Schools (there are now two of them), is listed merely as serving an "administrative" role.

So, did the Weaklandistas lead a coup to oust Bro. Bob? Well, honestly, I don't know. But, it can honestly be said that they (the reductionist Weaklandistas) are still employed by his Excellency, and Bro. Bob is not. So what can you conjecture from that?

The motto at Messmer is "Doctrina, Fides, Gubernatio"...(Doctrine, Faith, Governance/leadership) I wonder which of these most disturbs the staff of the soon to be sold Archbishop Cousins "sort-of-Catholic Center ? Which, if not all, of each of these three things has the Archbishop chosen are worthy to be sacrificed for the sake of the warm fuzzies he would like to perpetuate? He seems willing to sell out on each!

Please do post your comments.

Mike

2 Comments:

Blogger Dad29 said...

My recollection of the original annoucement was that BroSmith was to finish out a term (or so) at Messmer before becoming Arch'dn Grand Poobah of Education.

You're telling me that he came and went, already?

Thursday, September 21, 2006 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Mike, the Faithful Catholic said...

According to the always-accurate ArchMilktoast website, Brother Bob was to become full-time on July 1, 2005.

http://www.archmil.org/news/ShowArchivedNews.asp?ID=1948

His picture used to be included among the members of the "Executive Council",
http://www.archmil.org/aboutus/coadmin.asp

So, yes he came and went in about one year. I can only make guesses about which ex-nun was leading the coup. I can only be sad that His Excellency again showed a lack of backbone to stand by his man.

Mike

Friday, September 22, 2006 6:07:00 AM  

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