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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 29, 2006

OK, so now federal prosecutors are investigating the Connecticut priest who allegedly defrauded his parish to the tune of $1.4 million, reportedly spending the money on fun and games with his boyfriend. But parishioners are asking another question: Shouldn't Bridgeport's Bishop William Lori have noticed that Father Michael Jude Fay was carrying on openly with a male wedding planner?

"The Church cannot publicly respond to rumors and speculation," Bishop Lori says. Fair enough. But parishioners say the affair was blatant. "He became more overt; he was not hiding anything," one tells the Stamford Advocate.

"While these matters may have been the subject of gossip, they were never reported to the diocese," Lori wrote in August.

You and I don't know what was "reported to the diocese." But we do know that Father Fay and his boyfriend were pictured in Philadelphia Style magazine, responding to a question about their "most romantic Philadelphia dining experience." If it's published in a mass-circulation magazine, does that constitute a "report to the diocese?"

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Oct. 03, 2006 12:32 PM ET USA

    A bishop loses too many souls, & he is promoted or gets a NCR column. Good to see that we can keep our sense of humor. But let us also pray for the bishops, for they, & each of us, will one day stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, & will have to give an account of our words & deeds, & we will either receive good or evil (2 Corinthians 5). Indeed, if a bishop loses even one soul, he will be judged by God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Holy Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Oct. 01, 2006 8:03 PM ET USA

    "A bishop loses too many souls and he is.." Promoted!

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Sep. 30, 2006 9:54 AM ET USA

    "A bishop loose too many sould and he is.." Given a column at NCR

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Sep. 30, 2006 8:49 AM ET USA

    A baseball manager looses too many games and he is fired A CEO looses too much money and he is fired. A publisher looses too many readers and he is fired. A bishop loose too many sould and he is.....

  • Posted by: opraem - Sep. 29, 2006 10:44 PM ET USA

    bishop lori suffers from 'willful blindness.' he knows he can't/won't be fired by rome however bad his decisions. the only way lay catholics can exercise restraint is by closing their checkbooks for second collections and annual appeals. if the money continues to flow, complaints about lori's bad behavior will be shrugged off as coming from cranks. our church needs our prayers, and the bishops should not get our money when they step out of line.

  • Posted by: juon36 - Sep. 29, 2006 9:44 PM ET USA

    The most evident mark of God"s anger,& the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world,is manifest when he permits His people to fall into the hands of a clergy who are more in name then in deed,priest who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather then the charity & affection of devoted shepherds.They abondon the things of God to devote themselves to the things of the world & in their saintly calling of holiness, they spend their time in profane & wordly persuits. When God permits such things,it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people, & is visiting His most dreadful wrath upon them.------------------Saint John Eudes

  • Posted by: Canismater - Sep. 29, 2006 5:24 PM ET USA

    Have hope. Ultimate justice will prevail.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 29, 2006 4:02 PM ET USA

    Also, if Bp. Lori could not see what Father Fay was doing, did not hear about it, & states that such matters "were never reported to the diocese," maybe Bp. Lori should employ Canon 401-2, for the good of the Church & the people, & retire early. Or, how 'bout this, Bp. Lori: "Yes, we knew about Fr. Fay. We did not act right away as we should have. We will not let this happen again. Fr. Fay committed serious sins. I told him to go to confession; I suspended his faculties, & will laicize him."

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 29, 2006 3:44 PM ET USA

    Has anyone noticed a pattern developing among such bishops as Lori, Tod "with one d" Brown, Mahoney, Trautman, Pilarczyk, Skylstad, Neiderauer, etc.? When confronted with priests living the gay life, the response is: "Gossip..." & "don't recall reading or hearing about the matter" & "don't recall that it was reported to the diocese" & "diversity happens" & "excuse me." But when faced with orthodox parishioners (eg kneeling for Holy Communion), such bishops take swift, nasty legislative action.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2006 3:00 PM ET USA

    I always hated it when my little sister would put her fingers in her ears and shout "I CANT HEAR YOU." She, at least, grew up and doesn't do that anymore.

  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - Sep. 29, 2006 2:26 PM ET USA

    St. John Eudes has some pointed things to say about bad shepherds--something to the effect that it's the best evidence that God is thoroughly mad at his people. Prayer and penance, people! It's the best way to get rid of these wasters!

  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Sep. 29, 2006 1:18 PM ET USA

    Has Bishop Lori ever preached a sermon on "The Four Last Things?" I doubt it. Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. For episcopal slackers and queer clerics it's like Black Flag on roaches.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2006 12:34 PM ET USA

    Bishop Lori is a sophistical loser. Fay obviously had no fear at all of the consequences of the exposure of his homosexual romance, and probably rightly so, with a Bishop like Lori. Lori was more concerned with so demoralizing the priest who publicized Fay's defalcations that the priest, Father Madden, is seeking laicization. And of course the complaints meet with the same response: it's always someone else's problem.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Sep. 29, 2006 11:14 AM ET USA

    Bishop Lori was likely occupied with one of his long sessions of mortification and fasting--two activities that keep prelates like him, Cardinal Mahony, Bishops Brown and retired Bishop (thank heaven) Gumbleton, et al, on their knees in atonement for the sins of the world. How could we expect him then to know about mundane and fleshy matters when he was deep in meditation? But I guess there goes an archbishopric for his Excellency, William Lori. Too much mortification can get one into trouble

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Sep. 29, 2006 10:44 AM ET USA

    Don't know IF the Philly magazine article would constitute a "report to the diocese" but it'd certainly make "these matters" more than just the "subject of gossip." Be interested to see what letters were written to the diocese...perhaps the "matters" Bp. Lori is commenting on aren't the ones that are evident here (that is, a Priest living a "gay" lifestyle & stealing from his Parish)...guess it's all how you define "these matters?"

  • Posted by: Catholicity - Sep. 29, 2006 10:29 AM ET USA

    Jer 23:2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who care for my people: "You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the LORD. Eze 34:8 As I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, Eze 34:9 therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: Eze 34:10 Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.

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