We earn 8% in referral fees when you shop Amazon through our link. We make it easy! Click to learn how.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

your problem, not mine

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 07, 2008

Father Stephen Foley, once a police chaplain in the Hartford, Connecticut archdiocese, is now on the run. The Hartford Courant reports that he has been living in Virginia, but his exact whereabouts are unknown. At least they are unknown to the Connecticut judge who has been trying to persuade Foley to sit for a deposition, in a lawsuit brought by one of several men who claim that Foley molested them. 

Questioned about the no-show priest, archdiocesan spokesman John Gatzak expressed impatience. "If the legal system can't get him to do what he is supposed to do," reasoned Gatzak, "you can't expect the archdiocese to do it." 

Do you sense that Father Foley is a big current favorite with the chancery crowd? Neither do I. But while Gatzak may have good reason to be exasperated, I dare say that the priest's victims have even better cause for complaint.

For that matter, jurists in Connecticut might be annoyed, too, by the all-too-familiar tendency of archdiocesan officials to slough off responsibility onto somebody else. It wasn't the court to which Foley, on the day of his ordination, solemnly pledged lifelong obedience. And it's not the court that is still (as the Courant helpfully reports) sending regular stipend payments to a priest who is suspended from ministry and at odds with the law. 

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our March expenses ($29,119 to go):
$35,000.00 $5,880.70
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Opening Ourselves to Meaning and Purpose 3 hours ago
A thin-skinned Vatican spokesman harms his own standing 3 hours ago
Pope Francis prevails in Round I of battle for Vatican reform 11 hours ago
Social Media’s Vanity Fair: Danger on every side! March 4
The Ways of Evangelization March 3

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5