Editor’s Note: To protect the identity of certain students who attended the
Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, all names placed in square
brackets are pseudonyms.
He joined the game as an active player at the invitation of his mentors:
|Justin Cardinal Rigali|
Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Rigali’s successor as archbishop
of St. Louis, elevated Dolan to the uppermost clerical ranks,
naming his protégé an auxiliary bishop of the Missouri diocese in his appointment. Burke is now prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (i.e. chief of justice of the Supreme Court) of Vatican City.
|Elizabeth Taylor |
defended and protected some of
the most notorious ordained child
molesters in the court of public
opinion and in the court of law:
the Rev. Bryan Kuchar, the Rev.
Michael A. Campbell, and the
Rev. Gary P. Wolken. Campbell,
in fact, remained Dolan’s confessor
even after the priest was exposed
as a fraud and a criminal.
And, yet, Dolan will declare that
same-sex marriage an “ominous threat” to society. The fact of the matter is that neither Dolan nor you have any moral standing regarding many of the ethical issues facing society today. You have abrogated your position by protecting child molesters.
We must note again that Dolan received his early training in bully tactics at the knee of John Joseph Cardinal Carberry (as you did) during his salad days as a student at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South and Cardinal Glennon College. His professional demeanor was formed further at rector of the North American College in Rome and then burnished by key management assignments back in his hometown in Missouri.
“Powerful . . . evil”
When the marital status of New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was called into
question during the fall 2010 election
cycle, Dolan offered the politician a
wink and a nod. Cuomo, who is
divorced, shares a home with Food
Network celebrity Sandra Lee.
Cuomo’s family dynamic led an advisor
to the Vatican to accuse the couple of “public concubinage.” This attack is reminiscent of the McCarthy/Cold War Era when the Vatican condemned Elizabeth Taylor as an “erotic vagrant” when she left Eddie Fisher for Richard Burton. A bit earlier in this period, Colorado Sen. Edwin C. Johnson publicly condemned Igrid Bergman in speech Congress as “a powerful influence for evil,” when she left Piers Lindstrom for Roberto Rosellini.
attempted a political broadside,
questionings Cuomo’s status as a
faithful Roman Catholic. Dolan,
with the support of Bishop Howard J.
Hubbard of Albany, agreed to disagree
and let the subject drop. Hubbard
spent $2 million in 2004 to extricate
himself from sexual molestation
allegations. Hubbard’s law firm is a
patron of Come to the Stable/The
Stephen Spalding Foundation.
In supporting Gov. Cuomo, Dolan
described the situation as “a bit of
tempest in a teapot.”
Dolan’s wink and nod toward Cuomo indicates that it’s okay for the governor and his girlfriend to “live in sin.” Gay folk, on the other hand, should be ostracized as “ominously immoral.” Apparently,
Dolan believes you can have your cake and eat it too.
Dolan’s career mirrors that of so many who came before him. He is, indeed, the new paradigm for the 21st Century church management.
Unfortunately he also is a throwback, cast in the same mold of chicanery that Vatican refuses to break.
Your attitude and behavior toward those harmed by predatory
priests is no different. After all, you both share the same St. Louis alma mater, the same career stratagem, the same laissez-faire philosophical toward pedophile priests; the same moral compass
Culture of Abuse: Minutiae
|Rev. Michael R. Christensen|
of Christensen’s correspondence
represents a compilation of meticulous data mine worthy of Samuel Johnson or the diarists Samuel Pepys and James Boswell. What Christensen has preserved is not a memoir but a statement of fact about the status quo at the Josephinum, supported by the testimony of Msgr. Gregory L. Higley, Msgr. Stephen C.
Bosso, and other students at the Columbus, Ohio, seminary.