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McGuire to the dock

Rev. Donald McGuire, ex-SJ, goes to trial in another courtroom Oct. 6, this time federal, in Chicago.  Among accusations in the prosecutorial filing is that he told one victim

that pornography was “like artwork, comparable to the paintings in the Sistine Chapel.”

This time he is charged with molesting

an underage boy during overseas travels in 2000. That person, now a college student, is expected to testify at a trial set to begin Oct. 6 in Chicago’s federal court.

So are four other alleged victims to testify if prosecutors have their way, each allegedly abused between 1989 and 1999.  They said in their filing:

“His technique, victim after victim, was substantially the same: Isolate the boy from his family; use his role as a Catholic priest to induce the boy to talk about sex in the context of confession; progress to use of pornographic magazines and videos to heighten the sexual discussion; incorporate physical contact . . .”

McGuire was found guilty in Wisconsin for molestation that occurred in the 60s and has that case on appeal.  Trial in Arizona awaits him on charges of molesting two Phoenix brothers from 1998 to 2002.  He’s being held in the federal lockup in the Loop.

His lawyer, Stephen Komie, recently lost a case in Illinois’ LaSalle County in which a man was found guilty of possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver, after a two-hour bench trial.

The client, who had prior convictions for drug dealing, battery, trespass and disorderly conduct, belonged to a family, several members of which were convicted of drug offenses in the past year in La Salle County Circuit Court.

As for McGuire, Komie said he

continues to think that the alleged victims are making false accusations to reap a financial settlement from the church.

Having talked with McGuire supporters, I find this easy to believe.  In conversation, they make a lengthy, fervent case against the accusers, especially those in Arizona, where the trial has not been scheduled.

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Roeser again to the ramparts

Tom Roeser, Chicago’s ultimate curmudgeon, continues to bull his way into readers’ hearts and minds.  Or at least their minds, after which he is confident, I am sure, hearts will follow.

His latest incursion into Chicago consciousness, especially its Catholic consciousness — forget conscience, which may follow or may not, who’s to say? — is his “personal aside” of today in which he reports Robert Novak-like but with more verve, gusto, in-your-facedness, whatever, that the Catholic Diocese of Rockford is pulling its seminarians from St. Mary of the Lake University, Mundelein, otherwise and generally known as Mundelein Seminary.

Why?  Because “Two upperclassmen propositioned a Rockford youth for homosexual favors.”

Uh-oh.

Thus the Rockford diocese has decided it is finished with Mundelein.

This is not good, in itself and in its public relations aspect.  At the heart of this debacle, not counting chancellor Jimmy Lago, is the archbishop — “the parser” in Roeser’s lexicon, he who must be obeyed but who, in the words of “an authenticist bishop in another diocese,” i.e. conservative, given to conserve Roman Catholic identity, “can’t run a two-car funeral” and should be gotten to a university, where he can parse things, says Roeser.

Later: Pardon me for second-guessing myself, but what’s a blog for, anyhow?  In this case I am wondering about the quote from Tom Roeser, “Two [Mundelein seminary] upperclassmen propositioned a Rockford youth for homosexual favors.”

2nd guess: a Rockford seminarian?  We have to presume that from the context, but commenter Charles Goodacre (DDS? of Loma Linda U.?) doesn’t.  I have asked Roeser for help on this.  Goodacre seems to have missed the point, but I’d rather be sure.

I have also asked the official Rockford diocesan newspaper, The Observer, to confirm the Roeser report that the Rockford bishop, Thomas Doran, will no longer send candidates to Mundelein.  More later, I hope.

Yet later (12 days later): Nothing yet, nor anything expected.  Cat has tongue of both teller and told-about.  Sorry.

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All those peas in the same pod

Tom Roeser on same-sex attraction in all-male seminaries:

[S]eminaries provide an attractive and welcoming association of young men, many of whom have the same associations-and makes them want to be priests since identical associations can be cultivated.

Like meets like.  They don’t dream of Jeanie with light brown hair but of each other.  Tempting, I presume.

If the hierarchy does not understand this-and there is ample reason to believe the hierarchy [in Chicago] does not-there is no hope for reform.

He argues for de-celibating the priesthood.

He drank, he was improper, so what?

It seems to be an advantage for one’s career as a bishop to be obtuse in matters of priestly sexual abuse patterns. 

Consider the rector of Mundelein seminary in the 90s, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, who had three reports of “sexual improprieties” by then-seminarian Daniel McCormack, in prison since July for molesting five boys while assigned to St. Agatha parish on Chicago’s West Side.

“There was a sense that his activity was part of the developmental process and that he had learned from the experience,” Kicanas said. “I was more concerned about his drinking. We sent him to counseling for that.”

Counseling for drinking, yes.  None for his homosexuality gone rampant?  Or — dare we say it? — for his homosexuality, period?  These were boys McCormack went after — in a black parish, by the way, where the fatherless boy is common.

Do Kicanas, newly elected as vice president of the bishops’ conference with virtual right of succession to the presidency in three years, and other bishops represent the norm with a willingness to look the other way about sexual “impropriety,” in the vast majority of cases homosexual?

He got elected, didn’t he?

About the Jesuit who came out of the closet at mass . . .

From the pro-life trenches:

“First of all,” Father Euteneuer said, “Holy Mass is not a forum for your self-expression. You chose the sacred liturgy and the pulpit reserved for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the launching pad for your personal testament to homosexuality … You’ve read the same documents I’ve read about the liturgy, and none of them say the liturgy is your personal stage.”

He’s Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human Life International.  Furthermore:

“When even a celibate priest chooses to go public about his homosexual identity as an expression of ‘diversity’ or ‘pride’, the faithful are rightfully confused and scandalized. Not only do you owe them an apology, you owe them a better example of priesthood. They deserve a priest who is clear about the Church’s doctrine about homosexual acts and who teaches it unambiguously. … If you do not clearly witness the Church’s teaching about your own vocation, how can you teach others to be faithful to theirs?”

He has two good points.  His entire comment is here, introduced with this:

On Sunday, November 4th, Rev. Thomas Brennan, S.J., revealed publicly to a parish at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia that he was a homosexual. The priest chose to “come out” during a so-called “Diversity Week” allegedly dedicated to honoring Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius Loyola.

River Forest Dominicans’ troubles

The pastor at St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest, in the years when a Dominican brother was reportedly abusing kids at St. Vincent Ferrer in the 70s himself was reportedly an admitted abuser in two Michigan parishes in the 90s, Wednesday Journal reports.

As part of a long and immensely informative article, writer Bill Dwyer interviewed Rev. Thomas Doyle, O.P., a canon lawyer and critic of abusive clergy in a warning against blaming religious order members for the crimes of their fellows:

Though he has been an unstinting critic of what he sees as the Catholic Church’s failures to deal openly and effectively with the issue of pedophile priests, Doyle said he believes the current Dominican vicar provincial, Rev. Michael Mascari, has reacted to the allegations against Hensley and Bryce “in a responsible and competent manner.”

“Fr. Mascari has done his best,” Doyle said by phone from his home in Virginia. “If he hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t hesitate to smear him all over the sidewalk.”

And while Doyle has not hesitated to blast the church’s top leadership for a litany of failures, he said people mistakenly assume that the criminal behavior of many priests must have been known to those who served with them.

People say, “They all had to know,” said Doyle. “Oh no, they didn’t.”

“It’s very possible in a [religious] community to become almost transparent,” he said. Priests are largely free to come and go as they please, he said.

“You can do all sorts of stuff [without people knowing].”

 

Mass, the Bible, and Father McGuire

WHAT CATHOLICS HEAR AT MASS . . . Just returned from SSPX territory (Society of Saint Pius X), where mass is Tridentine and the calendar too.  So we had old-style 13th Sunday after Pentecost readings, which meant we heard nothing from the OT, so that I neither heard nor read Isaiah 66 predicting proclamation “to the distant coastlands” of Yahweh’s glory by means of horses, mules, and dromedaries.

Neither did I catch Hebrews 12 with its encouragement to accept trials in life as acts of discipline by a loving father, namely Yahweh, known as God to most of us.  Nor Luke 13 with the narrow-gate warning by Jesus: “Many are called, but few are chosen” in the old translation, and with “Depart from me, ye cursed” somewhat sanitized to read “Depart from me, all ye evildoers.”  The meaning is the same pastorally speaking, but the punch is about half-strength.

However, I did hear Father Michael sermonizing on the importance of frequent confession, even for those who never have other than venial sins to confess.  It’s a sacrament, for one thing, and gives grace.  Here is old-time religion: grace discussed as an aid to doing the right thing.  The word rarely comes up mainstream.  It’s part of discredited old-time theology that once reigned in seminary and pulpit.  Times do change, do they not?

I mention three new-style readings, repeated only every third year, because it’s where new-style beats old, in my opinion.  Why not multiply readings while we’re at it, at mass?  (Maybe to drive home moral points year after year, repetition being the mother of study.) 

What I do not miss, however, is the new-style handclasp or hug of peace, which has degenerated from restrained symbolic action to a festival of meeting and greeting that pokes a hole neatly into any aura of reverence one may have ginned up for devotion’s sake if not God’s.

POETRY, PLEASE . . . . What I did hear at the SPPX mass was Galatians 3, Paul talking about The Law and where it fits into the scheme of salvation, and Luke 17, about Jesus and the ten lepers whom he sent to “the priests” cured.  Of the ten, only one, a Samaritan, returned to Jesus to thank and praise him, at which point Jesus intoned one of his most quoted lines: “Where are the other nine?” further asking, “Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” and concluding, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

None of this was seized on by Father Michael, unfortunately, in his well-reasoned but repetitious and somewhat dry presentation.  But “Your faith has made you well” — or “thy faith has made thee whole” — is a line that remains with the listener.  It’s something to conjure with in an off moment, when things look especially bad. 

This is a weakness with the SPPX preachers, whom I appreciate for their practicality in matters spiritual.  They need a little poetry in their souls.  We all do.

DAILY OBSERVER . . . My sole column so far for the weeks-old online Chicago Daily Observer, is “Latin mass, anyone? What’s in store for Chicago?”.

Look for #2 soon — I think, though I haven’t heard boo from the editor, Tom Roeser, since I sent it Thursday. It’s about Rev. Donald McGuire, the Jesuit convicted as a pederast last year in Wisconsin.

Since this column went off, the Wisconsin prosecutor has said he wants McGuire back for imprisonment.  McG has been living in Oak Lawn while his seven-year sentences are appealed.

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