The contretemps over O'Malley's initial decision to reprimand but not fire the president of the Caritas Christi Health Care System after multiple allegations of sexual harassment is the latest in a series of controversies that have severely damaged O'Malley's reputation as a healer and fixer of troubled dioceses, and now some prominent Catholics are wondering whether the Franciscan Capuchin friar has the administrative skills and decisive temperament to oversee the complex and troubled Archdiocese of Boston.
There is a Messiah, and O'Malley is apparently, not it.
It's a crucial moment for a leader in Christ's Church....I think one of those Peter moments.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs."
He then said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep."
He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." (Jesus) said to him, "Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go."
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me."
The Son of God picked a leader who wasn't ready for the execution too.
Peter learned from his booboos.
Peter didn't define his errors in judgment as pearls of wisdom, and continue executing the same strategies in moving forward.
We've made it clear we're not going to follow Bryan Hehir, we don't want Peter Meade and Janet Eisner, Jack Connors, et al. It tooks us a decade to rid ourselves of them under Cardinal Law.
We're only at half-time, let's see what happens in the rest of the game.
We're all open to watching the appointments and seeing which way he's wants the flock to be led.
O'Malley's aides and closest advisers largely rejected the contention that the cardinal mishandled allegations that Haddad hugged and kissed on the lips female employees in ways that investigators said constituted harassment. The aides said that as soon O'Malley learned of the allegations against Haddad, he initiated a series of investigations and consulted with lawyers who were specialists in harassment law and advised him to reprimand, not fire, Haddad.
Why are they saying this when we all now know he held off the investigation so the facts wouldn't be available to the people who were voting?
That's not a good start.
"Moreover, he showed that he is someone who is willing to take the time necessary to ensure that a comprehensive, thorough process is employed and honored and that he would not rush to judgment."
Listen, the thought has occured to me that maybe in hindsight, he realized he had made some hasty judgments against priests and programs - - and this was (and is)his new shtick.
None of us would be opposed to that, that's for sure.
That's not how it's panned out for those of us who want the temporal goods of the authentic Church - and even the Globe knows it:
But, to the dismay of those who would like to see O'Malley succeed, many of the controversies of his tenure stem from more temporal matters: administrative decisions about parish closings, clergy assignments, and now sexual harassment, in which O'Malley makes an unpopular decision, triggers a public outcry, and then reverses himself. He reversed multiple parish closings in response to protests; he is also nearing a deal to sell a closed school building in Brighton to a neighborhood group that led protests against him.
This is not a good spokesperson:
``In terms of surrounding himself with strong managers, he's been very slow to do that, but he has appointed a new vicar, he has a search going on for a new chancellor, and he's going to appoint a new superintendent of schools, and he's hoping for some new auxiliary bishops, so some of this is coming together," said Sister Janet Eisner , president of Emmanuel College, a Catholic college in Boston.
...a paragraph which implies that all of these new appointments are going to have heretical leanings. It's all coming together, says Eisner.
The next quote is somewhat hopeful:
Dr. Mary Jane England , president of Regis College, a Catholic college in Weston, made a similar point. ``There is a major lack of training and preparation for bishops to run major complex organizations." England said. ``I don't think O'Malley is much different from the rest of them. This is a management issue, and I wish he would feel more comfortable turning to some of us who run complex organizations."
At least she is out of the loop!
Part of the challenge to the last two [Caritas] CEOs has been that they inherited a lot of the archdiocesan network," said Jack Connors Jr., a local businessman and self-described ``big fan" of O'Malley. ``The successor ought to have the right to bring in his or her own team, including his own legal counsel."
Bring it on! The time has come and gone when he blame Bishop Lennon (who, I agree, has his fingerprints all over this mess.
O'Malley is a slow, deliberate decision maker who consults widely and can be reluctant to acknowledge that someone working for him has become a liability.
The name of our game, is giving them the leprosy, making the people we all want to go away a liability.
Speaking of which...
The Rev. J. Bryan Hehir , president of Catholic Charities and another close O'Malley aide, said: ``I think it took two cuts at the apple to get all the data out in front of him. But he is finding his own people and willing to take advice from a wider circle, which bodes well for the future, recognizing that there have been all kinds of mistakes all of us have made."
Should be interesting to see exactly what that means!