$10 million in costs over the past 5 years and $1.5 million in 2009 alone toward reconfiguration-related expenses. And that expense is mostly keeping the lights and heat on at shuttered parishes and taxes and insurance paid, with precious little of that money actually having been used for welcoming parishes to support ministering to the increased number of families...... This cannot go on forever. Are these vigilers contributing financially to the upkeep of the church buildings they are forcing the archdiocese to keep open? Does anyone believe keeping the lights on for vigils at closed parishes is a good use of nearly $1.5M/year that is siphoned from other pastoral ministries and parishes that need that money to pay their bills?
There's also some great news: - Fr.Charles Murphy's accusations did not have merit and he is "restored".
His vocation took a crippling blow. You will note that Fr. Murphy was shuffled into retirement. I don't know if this is voluntary in his case but 'retirement' is used as a golden parachute to keep even priests found innocent of allegations out of active ministry.
BCI makes a great book recommendation:
As the clearing of Fr. Murphy exemplifies, not all that we read or hear about various aspects of the sex abuse situation is necessarily founded. Sometimes there are unfounded claims–against individuals or against the Catholic Church by the media. Towards that end, we have been asked to pass on word of a new book: “Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church” by David F. Pierre, Jr. It is described at www.themediareport.com. Here is a description of it from Amazon.com.
Somebody posted another (not so lucky) falsely accused priest's obituary in the comment section:
BOLDUC, Rev. Paul J. Dec. 29, formerly of Milton and Malden beloved brother of Lois M. Rooney and her husband Donald of Hampton, NH, Arthur J. Bolduc and his wife Nancy of Acton, ME. Uncle of Paul Rooney of Natick, Peter Rooney of Rowley, Patrick Rooney of Salisbury, Debra Gallagher of Methuen, Joseph Bolduc of Stoneham, and David Bolduc of Limerick, Maine. Fr. Bolduc was ordained in 1960 and served in St. Patrick Parish, Roxbury for 5 yrs, Immaculate Conception in Malden, for twelve years, St. Elizabeths Church in Milton for 10 years and served as Chaplain at Milton Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Childrens Hospital, Dana Farber Hospital, Joslin Diabetes Clinic and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, while he resided in St. Thomas Parish in Jamaica Plain and later in St. Anne in Readville. Visiting hours Sunday 2-6 in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave, Milton. Funeral Mass in St. Elizabeth’s Church, Milton on Monday at 11:00 o’clock. Interment Mt. Calvaire Cemetery, Somersworth, NH. Father Paul Bolduc served God since he was ordained in 1960. Fr. Bolduc’s family has taken on the responsibility of informing the public of his innocence in the matter of one accusation against him in 2001. After two years of investigation by the Archdiocese Review Board he was declared innocent of all charges and was returned to his public ministry without restriction. The Decree was dated July 22, 2003 and was signed by the Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon, D.D. Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Boston. The one allegation that was made against him could not be substantiated. At the time, Father Bolduc was prevented from proclaiming his innocence to the public or his peers. Father Bolduc’s reputation was shattered and his life was changed forever. He forged on, always mindful of his mission in life. Due to this ordeal his health suffered greatly and continued to decline as time went on. Father Bolduc’s family wishes to thank all his friends for standing by him and for all the support they gave him in his time of need. He was a dedicated holy man who had a true calling to the priesthood and who gave of himself completely and unconditionally. His family would also like to thank the nurses and staff at Regina Cleary residence, Boston for the excellent care they gave him.It is a sobering reminder of the misfeasance of the Archdiocese in handling abuse allegations.