The Boston Globe calls this "a story of bedrock faith and a priestly calling".
Frank Daly took his first oath of fidelity as a priest when he was 25. While he was a priest, he had an affair with an ex nun. He sought permission to leave the priesthood and was declined. While still a priest, he married the nun "in a civil ceremony", incurring a sentence of latae sententiae. The first oath of fidelity was so meaningless to him, he not only had an affair, he chose a perpetual state of mortal sin and incurring a sentence of excommunication over it.
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?
What is going on?
I know several priests who had consensual sexual relationships with a woman and Cardinal Sean removed them from the priesthood.They were accused of a form of sexual abuse and abuse of power. They were caricatured as sexual predators and tossed into the street.
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.
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.