disharmonic convergence

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 18, 2006

  • Bridgeport Bishop William Lori appointed just one priest to his Sexual Misconduct Review Board.
  • Just one priest of the Bridgeport diocese has been forced to resign after a private investigator found that the priest had spent $200,000 of parish funds on fun and games with a male companion.
Just one priest. Yep; same guy. What are the odds?

(Tip to Dom for putting the reports together.)

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  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2006 8:58 AM ET USA

    Could it have been his way of exposing the priest of his actions in a way that would take care of the situation when there was no other way? I could have been quite a play and coup for the Bishop who appointed this one priest. Hmmmmmmmm......... Causes one to wonder? I don't agree with them often lately, but I do not think them stupid.

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 12:23 PM ET USA

    A new religious order? It sounds like something out of PG Wodehouse -- Knights of the Order of the Papal Commandos. "They dress in black. They wear hoods. They crawl up buildings with suction cups on their feet. They aren't Satanists. They are KOPC." Cue the theme song from Mission Impossible.

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 11:08 AM ET USA

    I see the dawn of a new religious order on the horizon: private investigators under vows reporting to Rome. Of course Rome would need to find someone with "the right stuff" to amputate the dead members from positions of responsibility before they poison those still unaffected. "It's all about the children!!!"

  • Posted by: Clorox - May. 19, 2006 10:46 AM ET USA

    Hey, it's only $200,000. Didn't Rembert Weakland spend $400,000 paying off his gay lover and isn't he still confirming young people as a retired prelate? Why not send Father Fay to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for rehabiliation and, ahem, collaborative ministry? I man of his talents should not be wasted.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - May. 19, 2006 9:12 AM ET USA

    Cupertino, it might not be the admin of the Church who hired the P.I. It could have been a concerned lay person or group. Maybe "the system" didn't really work as it should: perhaps some credible info was given & the Chancelry did not do their research so others felt the need to jump start 'the system' by gathering substantial and unrefutable evidence to force their hands to do something. Perhaps.

  • Posted by: NonSumDignus - May. 19, 2006 8:59 AM ET USA

    I remember many years ago learning of the visions of St. John Vianny, the Curé d'Ars, which included vivid descriptions of the many clergy and Religious in Hell. I was shocked and confused and a bit dismayed at the time. Not any more. And it IS a crisis of Faith and a lack of prayer and poor formation at the root of all of this. We must continue to pray for our priests. And love them. And challenge them to live the holiness of life to which they know, deep in their heart, they are called.

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 7:52 AM ET USA

    Doh! Someone needs to answer for this. If a pastor had done this, the diocese would hold him responsible...if a diocesan official had done this, the bishop would hold him responsible...but what happens if the bishop does it? Who's watching the big cheese? Who's supposed to watch him?

  • Posted by: - May. 19, 2006 3:06 AM ET USA

    The problem isn't that Dioceses aren't hiring enough private investigators, or don't have enough of an emphasis on secrecy to shield the truth from the public. The failing is in the theoretical abstracts of Theology or Divinity, in Seminaries that lack emphasis on character and spiritual enthusiasm. God is the ultimate Private Investigator who sees all, and that should scare every priest. It doesn't, and many will be damned - along with Cardinals & Bishops who protect their "brothers."

  • Posted by: Cupertino - May. 18, 2006 9:59 PM ET USA

    The private investigator says that someone in the Church put him up to investigating Fay in the first place. Result: he is gone. The system worked, it would appear. What are the odds of that?

  • Posted by: Quadratus - May. 18, 2006 8:12 PM ET USA

    The Catholic Priesthood is in a deep moral crisis. What more examples do we need? Ephebophilia, Murder, Fraud, Heresy and not just one case but dozens, perhaps hundreds. The Church needs an inside reformation, a rethinking of what has going on since Vatican II. Pretending all is well and issuing new Encyclicals will not solve the problem. We are ostriches if we pretend the priesthood is in a disastrous state.

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2006 8:10 PM ET USA

    If I were a criminologist/sociologist I would find it interesting to do a statistical study on who in the clergy commits sex crimes and who commits money crimes. I have a feeling that both types of crime are preferentially committed by homosexuals. I recall reading a while back that the IA bureau in the armed forces finds that, among officers, chaplains (yes, chaplains) have the highest rate of criminal behavior by far and that most of the perps are homosexuals.

  • Posted by: Charles134 - May. 18, 2006 2:42 PM ET USA

    I hope we all realize that we're being robbed blind. Not all priests who co-own B&Bs on Cape Cod with their gay lovers bought them with family money. All collection monies should go into a bag which is then sealed and then opened and counted in front of witnesses. The Church owes it to her people to give a precise and exact accounting of how much she takes in and exactly where it goes. Judas the betrayer also stole from the collection. Our Lord's betrayers continue to go and doest likewise.

  • Posted by: Charles134 - May. 18, 2006 2:19 PM ET USA

    What are the odds? And what are the odds that Bishop Lori will tell us exactly who made the decision to put this guy on the review board and what it was about the guy that made someone think he was an appropriate choice? Someone, for some reason, put this guy there. I wanna know who and why.

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2006 2:08 PM ET USA

    Simce we have been told for 30 years that "We Are Church", then Father Fey has stolen the money from Us. The parishioners should go after him civilly. This kind of misconduct is far more common than the sexual abuse crimes. Since there is no easily identifiable victim to exploit in the media, this stuff goes unnoticed and unreported. Maybe someday we will know the answer to my question but I doubt it. But I can still keep asking: Where's the money Roger?

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2006 12:33 PM ET USA

    Was he investigating himself? Internal Affairs Division may have to become a department within church government. Let me add : No pun was intended.

  • Posted by: rpp - May. 18, 2006 11:45 AM ET USA

    "He holds a degree in Psychotherapy from Manhattan College." How much more do we need to say? While it is important that priests understand psychology, I think he may have taken his lessons a bit too much to heart.

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2006 11:40 AM ET USA

    How could this be? Fr. Fay "holds a degree in Psychotherapy from Manhattan College"!