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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Out in front by three lengths, but is he a dark horse?

Hi all.

Yesterday, an anonymous poster offered this in a comment to a previous thread:

I work at the Central Offices and can tell you, based on what I know... I also heard that the Archbishop "was hurt and disappointed" when a request for an auxiliary was denied. But, the evidence points to CF being the front runner, and I have that on five solid sources.

Very interesting! For the unaccustomed, "Central Offices" refers to the soon to be defunct Archbishop (Cover for pedophile Widera) Cousins Catholic Center. "CF" as frontrunner for auxiliary bishop refers to Fr. Curt Frederick, the present Vicar for Clergy of the archdiocese.

For the employee, please do share more...any reason being rumored about for why an initial request was denied? Wrong person (too young, too old, too LIBERAL)? Wrong time (will there be a different Archbishop in this town on the horizon)?

Can you share names or info about your solid sources?

Always looking for more.

Mike

8 Comments:

Blogger Terrence Berres said...

I'm only speculating, of course, but if our current Auxiliary is A St. Joseph in our midst, then perhaps no one else was up to that standard.

Thursday, October 12, 2006 9:23:00 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

As I've mentioned before, Rome sometimes expresses its "mood" about a Bishop's work by granting or denying an Auxiliary request.

And Bp Sklba has a year+ to go before mandatory retirement...

Thursday, October 12, 2006 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike and others:

Not sure why the initial request was denied. I know that the original date for naming the new Aux. was this October. Using some deduction, I figured the Archdiocese would "make news" by announcing the appointment, right before the California abuse settlement payment is due (I believe it's October 16). However, all is quiet on the western front.

Again, I don't think it was a matter of Rome having a problem with the candidate (he's really NOT Liberal; certainly not deeply conservative, but he's definitely not a leftist), but it seems like something else is in the works. It's TOO quiet down here. TD has refused to make some decisions that need to be made in regards to reconfiguring the central offices, and as a result, the many good, hard working people down here (the committed, faithful, non-ex priest or ex-nun Catholics) have their anxiety level constantly raised, because we don't know: (a) where we're going; (b) who and what will be cut, in terms of positions; or (c) what is going on with the CC itself. For the past five years since the current head has been in charge, there have been cuts every year, but no one is told really until the last possible minute. I suppose it's not unlike the corporate world nowadays.

In other words, there's something going on behind the scenes right now. It could be one of many things, but methinks TD must know he may be transferred soon or be jockeying to get out of Dodge. This would explain the lack of decisions on important matters. Think about it: why make tough decisions if you're not going to be here in a short timeframe. If he does leave in the near term, then there would not be an announcement about an auxiliary. If he is staying in the near-term, then there will be announcement. It just doesn't add up.

Finally, I will not divulge my sources, but trust me - like you and the person who made the handicapper's list - my sources (priests and lay people close to the situation) have solid information.

Friday, October 13, 2006 6:48:00 AM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

"Think about it: why make tough decisions if you're not going to be here in a short timeframe."

On the other hand, it would make sense to spare his successor some obvious but painful decisions by taking them on himself.

Rather than, say, renovating the Cathedral.

Friday, October 13, 2006 9:04:00 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

Very interesting.

Here we all thought it was merely lack of corragio.

Friday, October 13, 2006 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one have no sympathy for those who work at the Cousins Center. They have been on the gravy train for way to long. If they are worried about "job security" they should have gone to work for a more stable and honest organization than the Archdiocese.Every sane person knows the place is corrupt. How many of those people were involved in covering for Weakland's scandals? And there have been many otherscandals, i.e. in the cemeteries office, the finance office and on and on it goes. Decent, honest, hardworking people and faithful Catholics at that have no time for their commitment to coverup.

Friday, October 13, 2006 5:13:00 PM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

Lest we forget,
"The archdiocesan director of of the Respect Life Office had resigned, saying she could no longer 'perpetuate the myth' that the archdiocese was commited to anti-abortion efforts."
--Paul Wilkes, 'The Education of an Archbishop: Travels with Rembert Weakland' (1992) p. 53

Is it corrupt? It at least looks irreformable. I sympathize with those working there on something other than their own agendas.

Saturday, October 14, 2006 4:35:00 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

FWIW, Cardinal Spellman was not "committed to anti-abortion efforts," either.

It's not uncommon--just sad.

Where, for example, is Abp. Dolan on the Homosex "Marriage" amendment? Yes, he published a letter in July (???) condemning a "yes" vote.

But recently--any press conferences? Public statements from the steps of the Cathedral?

He knows that the Church's position is being undermined by his own priests and the Intellectualoids.

What's he waiting for?

Sunday, October 15, 2006 8:07:00 AM  

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