The Rev. Michael Madden, the man who was responsible for hiring the private investigator that revealed financial improprieties by the church’s pastor, the Rev. Michael Jude Fay, announced Tuesday that he is leaving St. John Parish and the priesthood.
“In all of my assignments, I aimed to serve the people of God, which I saw as my responsibility and charge of ordination, but there’s a point where I’ve determined the effect on my own life personally, and my own faith, was enough of a toll,” he said.
Father Madden said when he and bookkeeper Bethany D’Erario decided to hire a private investigator to research the financial misconduct of Father Fay with their own money (he declined to specify the cost), he had no idea the diocese would react with the severity that it did.
“I did not think that I was betraying the diocese by hiring the private investigator,” he said.
Bishop William E. Lori, head of the Diocese of Bridgeport, publicly denounced the hiring of the private investigator, Vito Colucci, this past May at St. John, after Father Madden announced to early morning parishioners that it was he and D’Erario who had done so. The initial findings by the investigator were discovered and unexpectedly made public by various media outlets.
The diocese sent out a press release with an apology from Father Madden for his actions, and at a meeting with parishioners, who voiced support for Father Madden, the bishop stated that the priest had gone behind the diocese’s back.
Father Madden said he is not sorry for hiring the private investigator and that he felt it was the right thing to do in light of Father Fay’s alleged continuous financial misconduct. Any inappropriate relationships that Father Fay may or may not have had (he was allegedly involved in a homosexual relationship while serving as pastor) were not the priority, according to Father Madden.
“I just wanted it to stop — for the people’s sake. What was going on in the house, that was my problem, but the financial stuff, that was the people’s problem, and that I could do something about,” he said.
“My conscience has always been clear as far as my actions go, because I know that I have tried to do right by the people the bishop entrusted to my care, and as the evidence clearly shows, nobody else was looking out for them or Fay wouldn’t have been able to have carried on for all these years,” he said.
“To this day, I have no apology and feel I did nothing wrong,” he said, despite the apology letter he signed that was released by the diocese.
Father Madden said the day the bishop came to St. John Parish and spoke to parishioners about what the priest had done was one of the darkest days of his life.
“Something died in me that day, as a human being and a priest, it was devastating,” he said.
Yep, something's dying and devestating in all of us. Most especially when we find out the corruption of a Bishop who is apparently putting on a dog and pony show of orthodoxy - Lori, O'Malley, Doran, Loverde - etc.
Father Madden said he was “so grateful” for the support his parish showed him that day.
“I had felt extremely lonely and isolated — it was like an oasis in the desert, I wasn’t expecting it — I have not been able to thank my parish and my parishioners for what they did,” he said.
Although he has made the decision to leave, he will always remember what his parishioners had done for him during this hard time.
“I will never, ever, forget the people of this parish — without their goodness and kindness, I wouldn’t have made it, without their phone calls, and letters of supports, even plates of brownies,” he said.
The faith in him shown by his parishioners healed some of his shattered confidence, Father Madden said.
“To have person after person come in and tell me I did the right thing, people with tears in their eyes — that is what I have felt in every parish that I’ve been in — it is my job to love my people — you are sent to a parish and these are the people you are now charged to love, to care for them,” he said.
Yes, if only good people would let thugs rape, harass, steal, slander, beat, abuse, defame, demoralize children - the US Bishops would be on our side.
If only we'd keep quiet and sing.
The ever disingenuous spin:
Joseph McAleer, spokesman for the Diocese of Bridgeport, wrote in an e-mail to The Darien Times that the diocese is “saddened and surprised” by Father Madden’s decision, which he “did not discuss in advance with Bishop Lori, Father McGrath, or, apparently, anyone in the diocese.”
“We hope that Father Madden will reconsider his decision, and if so, the diocese will welcome him back to continue to serve as a priest,” he wrote.
They are shocked, SHOCKED I tell you.
“Father Madden did not inform the diocese about the May 10 hiring of the private investigator, who did not share any information with the diocese. Father Madden acknowledged this failure in his May 23 letter to parishioners,” he said.
However: Parishioners have speculated since then that Father Madden did not write the letter. Both McAleer and Father Madden declined to go on record if any or all of the signed apology letter was not written by Father Madden.
And, for the final twist of the knife:
“It is important for everyone to know that Father Madden was treated with dignity and respect at all times, and we now ask that everyone keep Father Madden in their prayers,” he wrote.
Corruption, corruption, corruption.
As far as members of his parish who may be questioning their faith as a result of the events that have taken place at St. John, including his decision to leave, Father Madden said he hopes none of them will let these events affect their relationship with God or their faith.
“I don’t want people to question their faith, the funny thing through all of this is that I never blamed God for what I was going through or being forced to endure, unlike other times in my life when he was the first one I would blame — I always recognized this as a failure on the part of human beings,” he said.
Father Madden, in light of this viewpoint, plans to remain Catholic, despite his departure from the priesthood.
Quite a solid head on his shoulders.
When one wakes up and realizes they are working for La Costra Nostra - one can no longer participate in the corruption - We are totally Christs - Totus Tuus - at all costs. Christ is with us in His One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. To whom would we go.
"In every way you can offer sacrifice to God in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for sinners. In this way you will bring peace to our country, for I am its guardian angel, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, bear and accept with patience the sufferings God will send you."