Father Robert Bullock, a leader of the Boston Priests Forum and one of the leading liberal priests in Boston, died on Saturday. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
The Boston Globe engages in a bit of hagiography. I prefer not to speak ill of the dead, but I heard plenty of stories from people of how Fr. Bullock ignored the Church’s teachings, leading people astray by telling them that whatever sinful behavior they were engaged in was just fine. And I also believe that he was manipulated by others into being the face of the dissenting priests in Boston, including those who demanded Cardinal Law’s resignation. More significantly, Fr. Bullock was Paul Shanley’s supervisor back in the 1970s, and never did anything about him when Shanley was spouting all kinds of disgusting rhetoric about man-boy sex and homosexuality.
I feel sad he died, but Bullock was not a hero. Is it churlish of me to say so? You decide.