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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