School's former development director arraigned December 19, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --The former director of development for a Boston-area parochial high school pleaded innocent on Monday to charges of stealing about $152,000 in alumni donations from the school.
Brian Courtney, 48, of Acton was released on personal recognizance after pleading innocent to three counts of larceny over $250 in Middlesex Superior Court.
Courtney allegedly diverted the money for his personal use between December 2002 and April 2004 while working at Matignon High School in Cambridge, prosecutors said.
School officials discovered the thefts and notified the Boston Archdiocese and the Middlesex district attorney's office.
Courtney was indicted in November. He is scheduled back in court on Jan. 30.
This man obviously needs "Our Lady's Friends"!!!
Here's how they could spin the press release:
Dear Fellow Parishioners and Members of Our Lady’s Parish Pastoral Council:
“If you want peace, work for justice.” - Pope Paul VI
The past several months have been a period of great heartbreak and turmoil for all of us, caused by the unjust removal of our dircector of development and imposition of his replacement without consultation with the parish. Parishioners have responded with sorrow, protest, prayer, much deliberation and discussion, and, unfortunately, many by withdrawing from the parish. Most of us have felt challenged by our calling to seek justice and, at the same time, our desire to heal the hurt in the parish.
As our Parish Pastoral Council, you forcefully voiced the outrage, shock, and disappointment we felt in your late September statement in calling the charges against Mr. Courtney “ridiculous on their face”, and in declaring “it would be immoral to remain silent at this time of crisis for our pastor, our parish, and our church”. You have led us in thoughtful and compassionate listening sessions, in fact-gathering, and in the very well executed recent Parish Community Meeting which gave all a chance to articulate their feelings.
Our community is now at a crossroads for justice and healing. We cannot stand by while the Archdiocese stonewalls our pleas, hoping to silence our voices by attrition. You are meeting December 13 to decide what lessons to take from all of this and what actions to take on behalf of the parish. Our Lady’s Friends wants to join with you in action and we have suggestions for your consideration.
As we listened to the voices of the Community Meeting, we heard a strong emphasis on rectifying the injustices the Archdiocese has committed. Very few voices called for the parish to just “move on”, and, as you pointed out, it would be immoral to do so The words of Pope Paul VI give us a similar message: “If you want peace, work for justice”. While we all should be working to keep Our Lady’s strong during this crisis, we must recognize that the wounds cannot be healed until justice is done. Therefore, we urge the Pastoral Council to take the leadership role in seeking to rectify the injustices by fulfilling the call you made in your September statement. Now the parish needs your courageous and vigorous leadership and we in Our Lady’s Friends would embrace it. We believe such activism is essential to maintaining Our Lady’s as the parish that Mr. Courtney worked so hard and successfully to build.
Specifically, we recommend that the Parish Pastoral Council:
1) Join with Our Lady’s Justice and Peace Committee in seeking a prompt meeting with Archbishop O’Malley.
2) Adopt as its own and vigorously pursue the demands made by the Justice and Peace Committee in its open letter of October 14 calling on the Archdiocese to:
“Publicly exonerate Mr. Courtney of all charges of financial impropriety and restore his ability to function as a pastor and parish priest in this Archdiocese. Offer public apologies to Mr. Courtney and all the parishioners of Our Lady’s. As the logical and necessary result of his exoneration, offer to Mr. Courtney full reinstatement as director. Mr. Courtney must choose freely whether he will accept such an offer, but justice demands that the offer be made. If Mr. Courtney should decline this offer of reinstatement, convene an open search process, involving the laity, to name the new permanent director. If Mr. Courtney's replacement should be hired at the end of such a process, the community would likely accept his appointment more easily.
Cease calls for our parish to ‘turn the page’. Our wounds are deep; only through honest and patient work on the part of the Archdiocese and the parish can healing and reconciliation begin.”
3) Add to these the demand that the Archdiocese make up the shortfall in contributions to Matignon, a deficit which has been directly caused by the destructive actions of the Archdiocese.
4) If the Archdiocese does not respond positively to these requests after a reasonable interval, take our case to the Metropolitan Tribunal in accord with canon law which states: “Christ’s faithful may lawfully vindicate and defend the rights they enjoy in the Church before the competent ecclesiastical forum in accordance with the law.” [Canon 221, §1]
Our Lady’s Friends would welcome the opportunity to be in full support of the Pastoral Council in pursuing these objectives. We will be available to support you in any way you wish.
[End of statement]
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