Saturday, July 09, 2005

D'Alessandro's Roman Holiday Rant

It was a challenge to find the stupidest paragraph in former John Hancock Financial Services CEO's op ed piece in today's Boston Globe, but I finally settled on this one:

These parish sit-ins and protests are a wonderful beginning to sending a message to the Vatican Do not be fooled. O'Malley is but Rome's latest messenger, just like Law. Instead of a Basilica though, if he convinces people they must leave their parishes and schools, his reward will be a cardinal's red hat.

A self-described "disaffected Catholic," D'Alessandro's words are all over the place so it's hard to get a handle on the gist of his screed. Most of it centers on the old-as-the-hills claim that if the Vatican sold its artistic treasures, everything would be hunky-dory in the Archdiocese of Boston.

I can understand the usual wrong assumptions the D'Alessandro operates under...that the Church is a corporation, Benedict XVI the CEO, bishops and priests his "employees" and related garbage. And all too stale to be taken seriously are his bone-headed litany of the Church's "shortcomings:"

Priests cannot marry. Gays cannot marry. Women cannot become priests. The divorced can not accept Communion without an annulment. Abortion is forbidden. Birth control is anathema.

Yada, yada, yada.

But what puzzles the heck out of me is this:

How the bleep did this guy ever get a job managing other people's money?