The Boston situation seems to deteriorate by the m…

The Boston situation seems to deteriorate by the minute. Now the Boston Herald is reporting that the accused priest Paul Shanley claimed in 1995 that he had been sexually abused in the seminary himself by another priest and one of the predecessors of either Cardinal Law or Cardinal O’Connor:

Shanley stated in a Sept. 25, 1995, letter to one of his clerical supervisors, Rev. Brian Flatley, that he was himself “sexually abused as a teenager and later as a seminarian” by a priest and by the “predecessor to one of the two cardinals who now debate my fate.”

The unitiated will imediately presume that he is referring to Medieros or Cooke the immediate predecessors of Law and O’Connor, but since he says that he was a seminarian at the time it could be someone else. Anyone who preceeded Law and O’Connor in Boston and NY would be considered their “predecessors”; Cardinal Cushing would have been the Archbishop of Boston when Shanley was a seminarian, he was succeeded by Cardinal Medeiros, in New York Cardinal Spellman would have been the Archbishop of New York when Shanley was a seminarian, he was succeeded by Cardinal Cooke (whose cause for Canonization has been introduced by Father Benedict Groeschel). In regard to Medeiros, there has already been one story accusing him of abusing someone. It received little attention at the time it was released, partly because it seemed pretty lame to accuse someone who is not around to defend himself.

An amazing document that has been released by this Shanley incident is a letter that was written by Cardinal Medeiros to Cardinal Seper in the Vatican in 1979. In it Medieros says:

‘Where large numbers of homosexuals are present in a seminary, other homosexuals are quickly attracted. Other healthier young men tend to be repelled.

In the letter itself, he claims that this was the case in Boston but that they had cleaned it up. This is the first time, to my knowledge that we have any public admission (albeit after the fact) that the hierarchy was aware of this problem. If Medeiros was a guilty party, one wonders what he really was doing to clean it up.

Quote of the Day: "Never admit that a particula…

Quote of the Day:

“Never admit that a particular area of your life is a ‘defeated’ one.

Because you failed, perhaps many times, in a certain situation does not mean that you must be resigned to defeat. It does not mean that victory was not very close.

My child, you will experience the joy of resolutely uniting yourself with Me (Jesus), and meeting difficult places victoriously. No environment, no set of circumstances, need prove impossible for you, if you believe that My victory with you extends to every area. I look for that readiness (completely trusting Me), to enter, once more, those scenes of crushing defeat, and this time to prove that on all previous occaisions you could have been a victorious person!”

From “I Am With You: Divine Help for Today’s Needs” by Fr. John Woolley

Today is the one year aniversary of my mother-in-l…

Today is the one year aniversary of my mother-in-law’s death. We are having masses said for her both at our parish church and here at our chapel at OSV. Please remember her in your prayers today!

She was a big promoter of the Latin Mass and joined those who felt that the present church (post Vatican II) was had broken with tradition too much. Much could be said for this position, not that Vatican II was heretical but the way that it has been implemented certainly has led a fair number down that road. In her honor, I offer the following prayer, in Latin:

Dies irae, dies illa

solvet saeclum in favilla:

teste David cum Sibylla.

Quantus tremor est futurus,

quando judex est venturus,

cuncta stricte discussurus!

Tuba mirum spargens sonum

per sepulcra regionum,

coget omnes ante thronum.

Mors stupebit et natura,

cum resurget creatura,

judicanti responsura.

Liber scriptus proferetur,

in quo totum continetur,

unde mundus judicetur.

Judex ergo cum sedebit,

quidquid latet apparebit:

nil inultum remanebit.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?

Quem patronum rogaturus,

cum vix justus sit securus?

Rex tremendae majestatis,

qui salvandos salvas gratis,

salva me fons pietatis.

Recordare, Jesu pie,

quod sum causa tuae viae:

ne me perdas illa die.

Quaerens me, sedisti lassus:

redemisti Crucem passus:

tantus labor non sit cassus.

Juste judex ultionis,

donum fac remissionis

ante diem rationis.

Ingemisco, tamquam reus:

culpa rubet vultus meus:

supplicanti parce, Deus.

Qui Mariam absolvisti,

et latronem exaudisti,

mihi quoque spem dedisti.

Preces meae non sunt dignae:

sed tu bonus fac benigne,

ne perenni cremer igne.

Inter oves locum praesta,

et ab haedis me sequestra,

statuens in parte dextra.

Confutatis maledictis,

flammis acribus addictis:

voca me cum benedictis.

Oro supplex et acclinis,

cor contritum quasi cinis:

gere curam mei finis.

Lacrimosa dies illa,

qua resurget ex favilla

judicandus homo reus.

Huic ergo parce, Deus:

pie Jesu Domine,

dona eis requiem. Amen.

For those of us not that conversant with Latin, first I offer an explanation of what this is from the Catholic Encyclopedia, and an English translation.

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