Lionizing a pastor who led his people astray

Lionizing a pastor who led his people astray

Yesterday was the last Mass in Charlestown for Fr. Bob Bowers of the closing St. Catherine of Siena parish. The article lauds him as a departing hero, retiring from the battlefield, a warrior for inclusion and all kinds of schmaltz. But the real question is what kind of faith Fr. Bowers handed on to the people, whether it was the Catholic faith or not.

Among the worshipers were Latin American immigrants from nearby housing projects and young executives from Charlestown’s waterfront, lifelong residents of the city, and a gay state senator at whose wedding Bowers spoke.

Way to be a witness for the Church’s teachings and help the gay senator and his ... whatever you call it now ... understand the gravity of their sin and the break from the divine life they’ve made.

Bowers was an outspoken critic of church leaders whom he considered out of touch with the laity. He was also active in Voice of the Faithful, the Catholic lay group formed out of the clergy sexual abuse scandal, and learned Spanish as one of his first orders of business at St. Catherine. Church leaders said Bowers’s stances on controversial issues had no impact on his departure.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli