Can anyone tell me how a person with this kind of sexual history as a priest, such reckless disregard for his oath and Sacraments, his own salvation and the salvation of a woman he claims to love, pass psychological and spiritual testing that is supposed to be in place for entry into the priesthood?
I was personally appalled at the time and had hoped the priests would be sent for spiritual renewal and carefully mentored upon re-entry. But Cardinal Sean would not budge from his conviction they were irredeemable sexual predators.
Suddenly, priests having sex with women is not an impediment to restoration of faculties?
I doubt priests who were removed by Cardinal Sean for the same conduct will be offered restoration.
Why would Cardinal Sean contradict his own caricature of having sex with a woman while a priest, administer a second oath of fidelity and rush him through the seminary?
I suspect this case was canonically sanitized to make newspaper headlines about married priests. Fr Frank had been referring to himself as a married priest and in the context of being used as a poster boy for progressive changes in the Church before he was rushed through the seminary.
A word to the wise in the Chancery: I'd keep those seahags swooning over him in the pictures with the story at arms length.