the gang that couldn't shoot straight
The hits just keep on coming for the hapless Boston archdiocese. The latest is a report on how poorly archdiocesan officials handled the sale of parishes that were closed.
The highlight (or lowlight, if you prefer): a case in which a quick-witted investor bought a parish plant from the archdiocese for $850,000, and sold it three weeks later to an Evangelical group that paid $2.65 million. It turns out that archdiocesan officials knew the Evangelical group was interested, but didn't want to let them have the building. But now they do have the building, and someone else has the profit. Neatly done, all around.
The current chancellor of the archdiocese, James McDonough-- who, to his credit, came on the scene after the disaster-- concedes that "there were mistakes" in the real-estate transactions. (Where have we heard that line before?) But he assures the Boston Globe that "no one here [i.e., in the chancery] benefited from those mistakes."
Nobody benefited. Thanks, but that's pretty much what we had suspected.
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Nov. 20, 2007 9:06 AM ET USA
"You make us retreat before the foe; those who hate us plunder us at will. You hand us over like sheep to be slaughtered, scatter us among the nations. You sell your people for nothing; you make no profit from their sale. You make us the reproach of our neighbors, the mockery and scorn of those around us. You make us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us. All day long my disgrace is before me; shame has covered my face." Psalm 44
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Nov. 16, 2007 6:01 PM ET USA
The children of light are dumber than the children of Belial, or something like that. . .
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Nov. 16, 2007 8:41 AM ET USA
Had they sold to the Evangelicals, the ironic result would have been that the Evangelicals would have paid the bill (or part of it) for priestly sexual abuse.