Sunday, October 15, 2006

Anonymous NY priests praise selves, dis bishop

Hey, you know? Things are tough all over. Evidently some deliberately unnamed priests in the Archdiocese of New York have found a way to alleviate things.

They've decided to blackball their Cardinal Archbishop.

First, they attempt to explain the reason for their anonymity. (Hint: it's the Cardinal's fault!)

As you would understand, because of the severely vindictive nature of Cardinal Egan, this committee must remain anonymous.

Not exactly a Pauline approach, but there you are.

The priests are good...

During the last six years the Priests of the Archdiocese of New York have been patient, understanding, tolerant and loyal.

The Cardinal is bad.

During the last six years, the Cardinal’s relations with the Priests of New York have been defined by dishonesty, deception, disinterest and disregard.

The priests are good...

...the Cardinal does not seek advice or counsel from the many competent and experienced priests who so faithfully serve as pastors and members of his chancery staff.

The Cardinal is bad.

The Cardinal demonstrates an unnatural fear of the media and he forfeits the great opportunity to employ the media as a means of addressing the many contemporary questions of faith and morals.

From my view in the (Boston) pew:

This sucks.

I am not on intimate terms with the problems of the Archdiocese of New York, nor of its priests, anonymous or otherwise. (I live in Boston.)

For all I know, the accusations -- and that's what they are -- valid.

I do however have a vague acquaintance with the notions of fidelity, charity, obedience, courage, testosterone, and integrity. (Some of my best friends actually possess these virtues.)

This campaign smacks of an absence of all of these.

Today, October 15, is the memorial of Saint Teresa of Avila. Here's a lady I pray my fathers in the New York Archdiocese would seek emulate.

God, deliver us from sullen saints.

(Rocco Palmo has the story here and I understand he must be credited.)