Great Post : The First 100 Days of Priesthood and the Summer of Sadness

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Monday, September 3, 2018 The First 100 Days of Priesthood and the Summer of Sadness It has been 100 days since I was ordained a priest with eight other men in the majestic Cathedral of Saint Patrick in New York City. In his homily at the ordination Mass, Timothy Cardinal Dolan preached about the “2nd Apostle of Rome,” Saint Philip Neri, whose feast day it was. I would like to share the Cardinal’s words from that day because of how powerful they were as we entered into this “summer of shame” or “summer of sadness” as it has been termed. As you read it, keep in mind that Cardinal Dolan was just a few days away from publishing the Archdiocese of New York’s findings about Theodore McCarrick. Cardinal Dolan knew the storm that was about to ensue and gave those of us about to be ordained priests the words we …

The latest from Rob Dreher – Sex, Money and Clericalism.

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By ROD DREHER • August 30, 2018, 9:12 PM Sex, Money and Clericalism. Here’s a theory. That’s all it is: a theory. But if I had the investigative resources, I would be looking into it. I learned this week that under John Paul II, there were three people who always showed up at the Vatican with lots of money: Father Marcial Maciel, Cardinal Bernard Law, and Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who was made a cardinal by JP2. In 1988, McCarrick helped start the Papal Foundation, which raised money from wealthy American Catholics for the Pope’s favored projects. Last month, theWashington Post reported: “The Papal Foundation was a huge point of leverage for him in terms of going to Rome,” said Steve Schneck, the longtime head of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University. Schneck worked often with McCarrick. “There is not a Catholic organization in the United States he hasn’t raised money for.” …

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Statement of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York

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The Archdiocese of New York, along with every other diocese in the country, has long encouraged those who as minors suffered sexual abuse by a priest to come forward with such reports. As he himself announced earlier this morning, a report has come to the archdiocese alleging abuse from over forty-five years ago by the now retired Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who, at the time of the reported offense was a priest here in the Archdiocese of New York. This was the first such report of a violation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People ever made against him of which the archdiocese was aware. Carefully following the process detailed by the Charter of the American bishops, this allegation was turned over to law enforcement officials, and was then thoroughly investigated by an independent forensic agency. Cardinal McCarrick was advised of the charge, and, while …

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Cardinal Dolan on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

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August 15, 2018 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Dear Member of the Family of the Archdiocese, Yesterday’s report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury that investigated cases of the sexual abuse of minors committed by priests and deacons once again brought forward the pain and suffering of those who experienced that abuse, and the shameful way that those in positions of authority, including bishops, responded – or failed to respond – when informed of the abuse, and in many cases permitted it to continue and new victims to be harmed. I am sure that everyone, particularly victim-survivors and their families, but also the laity, good and faithful priests and deacons, and, yes, even bishops and cardinals, is feeling nauseous, hurt, and betrayed by the details contained in the report. Although the report focused on six dioceses in Pennsylvania, we have thus far found three clerics from this …