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The promotion train

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Mar 09, 2004

In the rush of Vatican appointmets of US bishops today, we have to recognize that two of the four were for the dioceses of Worcester and Springfield in Massachusetts. What's most interesting is that neither of the two posts were filled by auxiliaries from Boston. One of the bishops is an auxiliary in New York, the other in Providence.

In the past-- meaning before the Scandal-- we could have reliably predicted that at least one would be filled from Boston. Becoming an auxiliary in Boston was once known as a sure step up the long ladder of promotion in the Church. But not anymore, not with names like Law, Banks, Murphy, and McCormack in our recent past.

Of course, auxiliaries from Boston still get promoted. Bishop Richard Malone just recently became head of the Diocese of Portland, Maine. But it's apparent that times have changed and the promotion train doesn't make a mandatory stop in Boston anymore.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 12, 2004 4:06 PM ET USA

    Barbara, Where is this priest?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 10, 2004 12:21 PM ET USA

    These quotes were from last Sunday's sermon. Over two hundred devout Catholics were riveted to their pews and left in fear and trembling. This is not unusual in our parish. People come to Mass with tape recorders, notebooks and courage. We've heard Father's sermons are being listened to by the soldiers in Afganistan. I hope they have confessors handy, as our lines are long after Mass. Father preaches prayer and penance; much penance. Please pray that Father lives long and stays safe.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 10, 2004 9:45 AM ET USA

    If Barbara could be made a bishop and cardinal, my vote would be to make her head of the Congregation of Bishops! An annual priest and bishop's retreat with the likes of St. John Eudes or St. Alphonsus de Liguori would do more to correct the Church's current clerical crisis than all the silly committees and working groups put together.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2004 5:29 PM ET USA

    "The most evident mark of God's anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clergy who are priests more in name than in deed… When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people, and is visiting His most dreadful anger upon them." St. John Eudes from The Priest, His Dignity and Obligations See Jeremiah 3:14-15 (No room to print it here.)

  • Posted by: - Mar. 09, 2004 5:22 PM ET USA

    Let's see what Holy Mother Church has to say about promotions! "Holiness of life and sound doctrine are the two conditions which must be regarded as essential for the promotion of clerics. (Sacrorum Antistitum 1 Sept 1910) (Priests) have the duty to be holy, not simply in a mediocre degree, but completely; ordinary holiness is not enough; (The) holiness (of a priest) must be outstanding; (he) must avoid not only mortal sins but also the smallest sins…. " Pope St Pius X

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 09, 2004 10:42 AM ET USA

    I was curious as to the whistle stop of the promotion train and whether the train has left the track in Cardinal Roger Mahony's Los Angeles.

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