Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Many Catholics who read Catholic news daily have concluded that there has been much talk about change in seminaries, while the change being discussed has not been activated. Matt Abbott's column today, actually written by Tom Roeser, gives some evidence for the skepticism:

'The Rockford, Illinois diocese will not send seminarians to St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein for training. Two upperclassmen propositioned a Rockford youth for homosexual favors. So much for the change that has been promised in archdiocesan public relations pronouncements.

'Thus the Rockford diocese has decided it is finished with Mundelein. Thus you have the archdiocese of Chicago where layman Chancellor Jimmy Lago (believe it or not that's his baptismal name, not to be confused with his brother Timmy, his baptismal name as well)...Jimmy the best precinct captain onetime Democratic Cook county chairman now under indictment Ed Vrdolyak ever had... has been put in charge of combating sexual abuse and the same-old, same-old is happening....

'The man who ran St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein when it was a hot-house of homosexual excess...and who was quoted in the 'Sun-Times' as saying he does not regret ordaining Fr. Dan McCormack, who is now serving time for child abuse...is second in command of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is Gerald Kicanas, now bishop of Tucson, having been promoted from Mundelein (as were all others who ran the dissolute institution) to auxiliary bishop of Chicago and then to Tucson. In Tucson, Kicanas led Tucson through the filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization to the point where he ponied up $22 million in settlement for victims of priest child abuse.

Read the whole column...

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