Local papers on O’Malley

Local papers on O’Malley

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Domenico Bettinelli
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  • I should clarify my comment. I’m not saying that the Capuchins aren’t conservative, just that the reporter basing his judgment on whether they are conservative on something the order was 500 years ago is a bit strange.

  • The Sr. Plante case is a bit odd: if I remember right, she was a school official in Fall River who formerly worked at the school in Stoneham (in the Boston archdiocese).

    According to a published deposition in the case, an affluent suburban lady (whose name I don’t know) had had an affair with a clergyman, and wanted to keep it secret.  But after her son killed himself, it became possible that he may have exposed it all to the Samaritans or in his poems, part of which were to be published as a memorial. 

    As Gelzinis says, the lady knew Sr. Plante and had her arrange a campaign promoting the Sams, perhaps to curry favor with their director.  When Bp. Sean found out about it all, he ordered Sr. Plante to get out of the case and he fired her from her school job when she didn’t.  Can’t say I blame him. 

  • The custom is that certain archdioceses get cardinals, and in the US, those archdioceses are: Boston, New York, Baltimore, Washington DC, LA, Philadephia, Chicago. I think that’s it.

    However, there has been some speculation that Boston might be “punished” by granting that honor somewhere else, although I don’t know what the point of punishing the archdiocese, and the new archbishop, for the sins of the “fathers” would be.

    In any case, new cardinals are appointed all once at an extraordinary consistory that is called by the Pope. The College of Cardinals is a little light right now and the last consistory was in 2001. They seem to occur every 3 to 4 years so don’t expect anything until next year at the earliest.

  • I agree with almost everything you say, except your assertion that the founding of of apostolates to the poor and imprisoned are “not the actions of a conservative.” I believe that is based on a facile definition of conservative that sees conservatives as heartless and uncaring.

    I know plenty of conservatives who have done great work in service to the poor and needy. However, it often doesn’t fit the liberal political template, and so it “doesn’t count” as compassionate.

    And in relation to the Church, “conservative” and “liberal” are inaccurate and inadequate labels. What matters is orthodoxy. If someone is orthodox, then the steps they take to live out the Gospel are irrelevant, as long as they are living out the Gospel fully.

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