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Monday, October 02, 2006

Predictions

Hi all.

The mailbox today includes this message from "Marcus":

Two items that will get announced later this week that relate to your September 28th comments:

Kurt Fredricks (@ 70 to 1) is the new bishop while retaining his positin as vicar for priests.

Four north side parishes will be merged and one new parish will be formed.

Marcus


The four parish thing on the north[west] side his been in the works for a while.

As for "Kurt Fredricks", aka Fr. Curt Frederick: plausible, but what is the evidence for his being the man, and now being the time?

As for some commentary.....

Fr. Frederick represents the peak of the question...is he a Weakland man, or a Dolan man? (granted, the lattter really hasn't meant much lately.)

Is he a priest union instigator, or has he been attending just to be the eyes and ears of his boss?

During the pedophile (and otherwise dangerous) priest monitoring fiasco of a year ago, was he the cause of the problem by either omission or intentionally setting up His Excellency, or was he just too afraid to really fall on his sword for his boss?

On the face of it, Fr. Frederick seems to be a neutral pick at best. A theological chameleon at worst.

Now, one question, one prediction, and one suggestion of my own....

Question: If there is a new auxiliary named, will some of the deserving runners-up be named Monsignors? Herda, Hying, Hartmann, Pakenham?

Prediction: Some day soon there will be a (new and unique) challenge to His Excellency. If what I hear is correct, the hint could be: What happens when key senior staff members enter into a marriage not recognized by the Church?

Suggestion: To any emplyees at Mitchell International Airport: keep an eye out...compare His Excellency's published schedule in "our" Catholic Herald, with any unannounced trips to Baltimore. What could that mean? Be sure to let me know ASAP!

Mike

16 Comments:

Blogger Terrence Berres said...

"What happens when key senior staff members enter into a marriage not recognized by the Church?"

Enter into here, or in Massachusetts?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 8:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well almost all names mentioned in this post are Weakland people. Really, has anything changed?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 9:10:00 AM  
Blogger Mike, the Faithful Catholic said...

Here, not Massachusetts.

Frederick is something of a Weakland guy. Herda and Hying were brought in from other assignments by Dolan. Hartmann, while brought to the diocesan apparatus by Weakland, it is well known that he was not of the Weakland ilk.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

On his ilk...

In his Confidential letter to priests, January 7, 2000 Archbishop Weakland sounded quite content to leave things as they were and was preparing our priests for some changes when whoever his successor was arrived in a couple years.

I've always had the impression that his "supporters" reacted to this as almost a betrayal and pushed him to reinforce his, and their, approach in the time he had left. That would make sense of the Cathedral renovation, and of his handling of it. The goal appears to be to have what they prefer set in stone, literally and metaphorically.

On his ilk in depth, see Paul Wilkes' book "The Education of an Archbishop".

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

Did you know:

That the bar near Whitehall and frequented by the notorious English bugger-spies Blunt, Burgess, Philby, McIean is named The Pakenham?

And Terry: Weakland's letter was a not-too-subtle form of Romanita in which he was actually attempting to instruct his successor on what to do...

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 12:09:00 PM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

Dad29, I could see that if things had played out differently. It doesn't seem to me he had the clergy and staff of his party prepared to accept the changes before putting them in the letter.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curt Frederick was hand-picked by Dolan, not Weakland.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 1:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, I think that "hand-picked" might be overstating it. If I understand it correctly, in perfect Dolan-esque fashion, he surveyed all the priests. Essentially, he put it up to a vote. Given his penchant for putting ingratiating himself before applying himself, I could imagine the situation where Fr. Frederick was the top vote-getter (therefore Weakland-ish) and Dolan just accepted him.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 3:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curt Frederick is definitely an associate of Weakland.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 5:01:00 PM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

"Essentially, he put it up to a vote."

Not by discernment, like for Parish Council? Must be nice.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 6:10:00 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

It doesn't seem to me he had the clergy and staff of his party prepared to accept the changes before putting them in the letter.

Another way to interpret this is that Weakland sent a letter warning his priests about what could happen, so that they could devise resistance methods.

Either way, one is hard-pressed to find "change" here, except in the SW corner of the balance sheet.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

"Another way to interpret this is that Weakland sent a letter warning his priests about what could happen, so that they could devise resistance methods."

That's pretty hard to believe.

Or is it?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps, it should be noted that Gene Kinney asked to go to Las Vegas because this is where his family now resides.
Fr. Curt Frederick was on a "short list" that was circulated by the Archbishop and was the preferred Vicar choice of the local clergy. The Archbishop agreed with the choice. My interactions with the Archbishop have led me to believe that he makes his own decisions!
Fr. Ross Schecterle is a driven man with high aspirations. He is also a man with talent.
Curt Frederick is neither a Weakland man or a Dolan man. I would classify him as a loyal, Catholic man with a great deal of integrity and a deep love for the Church. He is a deeply spiritual man, whom I have the honor to call "Friend"
Gene Kinney is also a friend,and Ross Schecterle is an acquaintance from years ago. I am honored to serve the Church in the company of these fine men.

Thursday, October 05, 2006 7:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curt Frederick is definitely an associate of Weakland.

Thursday, October 05, 2006 8:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My experiences are the same as Anonymous. I cannot think of a more loyal, finer man who loves the Church than Curt Frederick. Ross Shecterle is a good priest. I may not agree with him on everything, but he is dedicated.

Friday, October 06, 2006 6:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The legacy and influance of Rembert Weakland continues.........

Friday, October 06, 2006 7:39:00 AM  

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