a day in the life of the Boston archdiocese

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 11, 2010

 Thursday morning, June 10, 2010


The leading fundraiser for Boston's Catholic schools tells the press that he's delighted the Church will be getting out of the health-care business.

Wait a minute. Didn't the announcement that the archdiocese was selling the Caritas Christi hospitals come along with a reassurance that the institutions would retain their Catholic identity? Yes, but then that was followed by the revelation that if the "Catholic identity" thing became burdensome, the new secular owners could pay thirty pieces of silv a large sum to complete the break. And now Jack Connors, the fundraiser, made it clear that he anticipates a thorough secularization. "“The decision of the church to get out of the business is brilliant,” he told the Boston Herald.
Thursday afternoon, June 10, 2010
A regular contributor to the archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot, is forced to apologize for a column that provoked howls of outrage from gay and lesbian activists. Michael Pakaluk had written that children of same-sex couples should not be admitted to parochial schools because, among other reasons, they would be more likely to introduce their classmates to pornography. Pakaluk retracts that portion of his argument and expresses regret for having offended some readers.
Thursday evening, June 10, 2010
The latest financial figures show that one-third of all parishes in the Boston archdiocese are running budget deficits. The archdiocese as a whole was $2.9 million in the red for the last fiscal year. The priests' pension system is underfunded by $104 million.
That's the bad news. The good news is that all those figures were even worse last year. The vicar general, Father Richard Erikson, says: "Where there are many challenges, the outlook is anything but grim."
Coulda fooled me. 
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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jun. 22, 2010 8:28 AM ET USA

    The Archdiocese is still a mess, despite the Cardinal Sean spin machine operating at the Pontius Pilot. Liturgical abuse, Catholic support of pro-abortion/pro-homosexual marriage "Catholic" politicians, feel-good catechesis, etc all continue, just as they did since the Cardinal Cushing era. And yet, the Globe and secular media still continue to pile on to the Church despite the local church's best attempts to suck up to them. Go figure, something about salt losing its flavor.

  • Posted by: St Thomas More Pray for Us - Jun. 12, 2010 3:21 PM ET USA

    Maybe now that The Pilot apologized for offending people for the "strong" tone of an op-ed piece, Maureen Dowd will apologize for her strong tone that offends all of us.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Jun. 11, 2010 9:51 PM ET USA

    Thank you, Uncle Di, for connecting the dots with straight lines. Glad I don't live in that diocese, but I'll add it to the long list of my prayer intentions for Adoration tonight. O, Holy Spirt, come and fill the hearts of your people!