Thursday, June 19

I fear that the Iraqi Foreign Information Minister may reimerge in the coming days as a spokesperson for a group that is under fire from the media and seems incapable of rising to the occaision of dealing honestly with the heat. Rather we are likely to hear that "there is no problem", "this is a fabrication of the media", and maybe even "there never was a bishop named O'Brien in Phoenix."

More....

Boston-area sexual abuse victim in critical condition after near drowning.

Boston newspapers reported McSorley was pulled out of the Neponset River after visiting Pope John Paul II Park in nearby Dorchester with a friend Wednesday.

A reader comments:

You can't miss the symbolism of trying to drown yourself at a park named for the pope while the US bishops are gathering for their semi-annual meeting.Now McSorley has already been given his financial settlement. But what of long-term counseling? The money is nice, but it does not salve the problem (other than his attorney's problem about how to afford his country club dues). If McSorley was receiving counseling, how effective was it? The Archdiocese runs a system of hospitals. Was nothing done for him through them, a remedy that might have prevented this terrible incident?This highlights the emotional fragility of many of these victims. Of course what he apparently did is not rational. But, given the inner torments he may be suffering as the result of his abuse, it is understandable. And let's not forget that the triggering incident was Father Geoghan's abuse of him and the Archdiocese's indifference.





I haven't been following this story as some others have, but the news today reports that an outspoken PA priest goes on leave of absence ahead of schedule

Foster, a priest for 18 years, and a conservative Catholic activist, has been in a growing series of confrontations with Adamec since the early 1990s.They disagreed on issues involving the church’s position on abortion, homosexual priests and liturgical reforms.

Adamec was in St. Louis yesterday for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual meeting and unavailable for comment.Foster, who remains a priest but is not permitted to celebrate Mass while on leave, stressed that his decision was not prompted by the threatening letters he received, or by any doubts about his faith.

“This is not a negative comment about the Catholic faith or the priesthood,” he said.“This diocese is dysfunctional for me personally, and it’s necessary for me to take a leave of absence now so that my faith survives,” he said.“I’ve had years of constant consternation over issues of major concern that I’ve expressed to the bishop. It’s always over a matter of orthodoxy. This diocese is in chaos,” he said.

Foster ticked off a list of controversies that have embroiled priests within the diocese since 1990, when priests protested The Catholic Register’s publication of ads for pro-abortion candidates.Along with others, including his brother and lay Catholic leader George Foster, James Foster protested the 1998 appearance of then-Gov. Tom Ridge, whose stance is pro-abortion, as the guest speaker at a diocese fund-raiser.

In 1999, he publicly criticized Penn State University for pro-homosexual seminars and criticized a State College psychiatrist who screened priests as violating Catholic doctrine.In 2000, he and other dissidents attacked Adamec’s stance on homosexual priests, saying it contradicted Vatican teachings. “There have been years and years of contradictory signals that have been given to the faithful and to priests. It’s very difficult to operate in an environment that’s the opposite of what you’ve been taught in seminary,” he said.


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