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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Those irritating coincidences.

Remember back in the salad days of our enamorment with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan? Oh, it seems like we were so young and headstrong, but we were really just naive and foolish. You would think it was decades ago, but it seems like just a year or two.

Now, recall those warm feelings we all had when it was believed that the unspoken subtext of His Excellency's first attempt at a "Blue Ribbon Commission" to reform the seminary was actually to establish some orthodoxy there. What shall we call the Pakenham Commission...oh yeah. the Do-Nothing Commission. In all too typical fashion, the Archbishop went along just to get along. Like teenagers a week after the Homecoming Dance, we were crushed.

Then, a few months later, the reigning man at the Archdiocese of Milquetoast started to tease us again. A "second commission" had to be called together to redo the failed efforts of the Pakenham pollywogs. Should we have gotten our hopes up? Like fools, we did.

Yea, St. Francis Seminary was gutted of it most problematic aspects, the academic efforts, but our seminarians were sent to an equally problematic Sacred Heart School of Theology.

Tucked into the details of this faux effort at episcopal oversight and reform, was the fact that the empty college portion of St. Francis Seminary, formerly located on the trendy east side of Milwaukee (near all the good bars, coffee houses, and parks), would be closed and whatever students could be found, would attend St. Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University of Chicago. While it should have been anticipated that even the Jesuits could cancel out the effort of Cardinal Francis George, such anticipation is seemingly not within the grasp of an archbishop looking to relocate to the Chicago area (or any other more significant major metropolitan see than Milwaukee).

Well, just to slap the face of those of us who had those once childlike hopes for proper reform...the school that His Excellency chose to form his college level seminarians is proving its worth, and the Archdiocese's passive acceptance shows the lack of conviction that was present from the start.

Here is the headline to be aware of: Abortion Provided to Speak at Loyola. I wonder if the Very Reverend Michael Witczak will require the Milwaukee seminarians to attend. Certainly they need to be indoctrinated in the issues presented in the Women's Studies department. Note that most of the representations of students and what is "well-rounded" at the pre-fixed St. Francis Seminary, were women.

Conclusion: Since there are clearly better choices to have been made, Archbishop Dolan must have had his own agenda in sending college seminarians to Chicago.

Mike

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found this article this morning . . . might Archbishop Dolan be orchestrating the mutiny in New York????

A MASS MUTINY
VICAR MULLS JOINING MOVE TO OUST EGAN
By LAURA BLUE
October 15, 2006 -- A leading New York Archdiocese priest who criticizes Edward Cardinal Egan's leadership is one of those clergymen mulling a vote of no-confidence in the archbishop.

Egan "has been aloof and removed from our life and I think we have been the poorer because of that," said Monsignor Howard W. Calkins, the vicar of 13 Westchester parishes.

The priests in Calkins' vicariate will meet Wednesday and expect to discuss Egan and a controversial letter sent last week to clergy by a group of disgruntled priests.

The anonymous missive - which has no church authority - seeks a vote on Egan's fate as he approaches his mandatory retirement age of 75 on April 2.

The priests, who did not sign their names because they claim Egan is "vindictive," want Pope Benedict XVI to accept the cardinal's resignation.

Every cardinal must submit his resignation at age 75, but the pope can choose not to accept it.

"I think the letter flows from a great deal of frustration, a great deal of hurt, and a great deal of pain that the church has gone through," said Calkins, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Mount Vernon.

Calkins said he does not know who wrote the letter, and is torn by the no-confidence poll.

"I've prayed on it a lot, and I still don't know," he said. "[Egan] has expressed his desire to retire when he turns 75. I don't know whether this will help things along."

The scathing letter against Egan was published on the blog of Catholic reporter Rocco Palmo. It claims Egan's relations with clergy are tainted by "dishonesty, deception, disinterest and disregard."

Priests in the archdiocese have no power over how long Egan stays or who will replace him when he does retire.

But the extraordinary public criticism has prompted Egan to meet tomorrow with his 40-member priest council at his Madison Avenue residence.

But experts agree church officials who advise the pope will almost certainly look for one thing in a successor: the kind of charisma supposedly lacking in Egan, who is seen as little more than an administrator.


If Egan retires, observers put Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Military Services Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, on the short list of possible successors.

Archbishop John Myers of Newark, Archbishop Henry Mansell of Hartford, and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn are also in the running.

Monday, October 16, 2006 8:04:00 AM  
Blogger Terrence Berres said...

Shouldn't each priest have to win a confidence vote of his parishioners to be eligible to vote on his bishop?

Monday, October 16, 2006 9:22:00 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Who would we get should Arch. Dolan get bumped over there? (What is the abbreviation for Archbishop, btw? is it Archbshp? That seems long...)

Monday, October 16, 2006 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Archbishop Dolan in New York? Is that the joke of the day?

Monday, October 16, 2006 4:49:00 PM  

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