Friday, September 26, 2003
Mark Shea and Domenico Bettinelli have linked to this article about Bishop Murphy asking a priest not to publish an article in Newsday calling for bishops "tainted by scandals" to resign. I like Bishop Murphy and think that this priest is probably one of the Bishop McGann supporters. McGann was the previous Bishop who was very supportive of dissenters and did not do anything to remove child molesting priests. Murphy is a useful scapegoat and it is ironic that he is accused of being autocratic. It was McGann who tried to force 4 "conservative" pastors to resign (1 refused). It was McGann who never allowed a few traditional-minded priests to become pastors. There are a couple of priests in this diocese who are dissenters and they will gladly write for the very anti-Catholic Newsday to bash Murphy. These same priests were silent during McGann's time. Since Murphy has been installed, (a few days before Sept. 11th, 2001), he has done some great things that have given hope to orthodox Catholics here. The seminary has done some house cleaning, although much more needs to be done. The traditional latin mass has become weekly, something McGann refused to do even after years of requests. VOTF has been banned from meeting on Church property. At least one very orthodox priest was named pastor of a parish, something refused him for many years under McGann. I think the resistance to Murphy, from the beginning, has had more to do with his orthodoxy than with his time in Boston.