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the company he keeps

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 11, 2006

The Boston Globe gleefully reports:

A Catholic priest preached yesterday at the main worship service associated with Boston's gay pride week,...

... and if you're up to date on the serial disasters of the Boston archdiocese, you probably suspect right away that Father Walter Cuenin, whose antics have been noted in this space again and again and again and again, is at it again.

Father Cuenin told the Globe that his remarks had been carefully crafted, and he did not directly contradict Church teaching. But his presence at the event sent a message that was received, loud and clear, drawing two standing ovations.

Last September Cuenin was forced to resign as pastor of a large surburban parish, and when the news broke, your Uncle Di felt confident that at last we would learn how a priest so thoroughly contemptuous of Church teaching and discipline had survived so long. Alas I was wrong; he was run out of town on a charge of drawing extra salary from the parish-- the ecclesiastical equivalent of nailing Al Capone for tax evasion.

To this day Father Cuenin remains a priest in good standing in the Boston archdiocese. That's why he can still make headlines and draw ovations by preaching at a gay-rights rally.

Archdiocesan spokesman Terrence C. Donilon declined yesterday to comment, saying he had not seen Cuenin's remarks.

OK, fair enough. But he did know where those remarks were made.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 12, 2006 7:30 PM ET USA

    I glad you appreciate sardonic humor, Gil. Hope springs eternal in the human heart; I was hopeful that the priest would do and say what he was supposed to say.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jun. 12, 2006 2:53 PM ET USA

    Great sense of humor, Centurion. I'm sure Fr. Cuenin told them they must give up their deviant sexual practices and proclitivites. Su-u-u-ure he did!

  • Posted by: - Jun. 12, 2006 11:56 AM ET USA

    It would be helpful to know what Fr. Cuenin said. Nevertheless, Christ came to save sinners and I am sure that includes homosexuals. Taking that message to them would be appropriate along with the message that they must give up their disordered sexual proclivities. They can't have it both ways.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 11, 2006 9:39 PM ET USA

    The first obligation of charity is thirsting for the salvation of souls. Too many of the bishops, the priests and US have forgotten our mission. My job is to get myself to heaven and take as many people with me as I can. The soul of Father Cuenin and the souls of his listeners are being wounded and even lost. Mother of God, pray for all of us that we may love your Son and each of us spend eternity with you.

  • Posted by: Gino - Jun. 11, 2006 8:55 PM ET USA

    It is probably not that the bishops and cardinals do not care; it is probably a lack of determination to protect the faith. I keep waiting for some new bishops to be like Bishop Bruskewitz.

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Jun. 11, 2006 5:22 PM ET USA

    Obviously the Cardinal Archbishop of Boston doesn't care about the scandal of these comments and others. Obviously the Cardinal Archbishop of Los Angeles doesn't care about similar scandals. Obviously the former Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C. doesn't care about similar scandals. Even a moron like myself can detect a pattern. The pattern isn't hidden to the authorities in the Vatican either ... they apparently don't care either.

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