In July 2011, Ben Anderson posted a story on the DoR priests who were listed as supporting (in 2010) Fortunate Families, an organization characterized as advocating for their own children’s gay and lesbian lifestyles, spouting anti-Catholic teaching and denigrating the Holy Father. Ben wrote to all those priests who, whether they meant to do so or not, were giving scandal by linking their names to an organization which opposes authentic Catholic Church Teaching. Now the 2011 list of supporters is available and it’s time to compare. Some of the same priests show up again; some have ‘fortunately” dropped off. One is a new addition, but he has since died.
Priests listed as financially supporting Fortunate Families in 2011 are a bit fewer than on the 2010 donor list due, in part, to two deaths (Monsignor William Shannon and Fr. Otto Vogt), and one suspension or laicization (Dennis Shaw.) The priests on the 2011 donor list who were also on the 2010 list are [Fr.] Ed Palumbos, [Fr. ] Robert Kennedy, Fr. Bob Werth, Fr. William Michatek, and [Fr.] Michael Bausch. Those with [Fr.] in front of their names shown above have dropped their titles on the 2011 donor list, but all but Fr. Kennedy did use Fr. or Rev. on the 2010 donor list. Fr. Kennedy used “Rev.” on the 2008 donor list.
It seems likely that Ben Anderson’s letters to those giving scandal by their presence on the 2010 donor list had an effect, as a few dropped off the donor list completely. But the giving of scandal is still an issue for those who remained on the list but simply dropped “Rev.” or “Fr.” from in front of their names. Is anyone seriously going to think that “Ed Palumbos” is not the same person as Fr. Ed Palumbos, who is Director of Priest Personnel for the Diocese? It seems doubtful.
“Unfortunately” an additional three priests are listed as 2011 supporters who were not on the 2010 list, Fr. Dan Tormey, [Fr.] Jim Lawlor, and Rev. John Walsh, who died in 2012. Fr. Tormey and [Fr.] Lawlor were each on at least one earlier list, however, so they weren’t contributing for the first time. Further, while Fr. Bill Donnelly isn’t listed as a donor for 2011 (as he was for 2010), nevertheless another donor gave a donation in his name!
For perspective, in 2011 and prior to suspension of the Presbyteral Council upon Bishop Clark’s resignation, Reverends Bausch, Werth, Tormey, Kennedy and Palumbos had been members of the highest consultative body to the Bishop. Basically, we are seeing the same shrinking core of relatively aged priests supporting Fortunate Families, some dropping their titles, but still stubbornly supporting a function and advocacy which is dissident to Catholic teaching. When dissent from a priest is public in any area of Catholic teaching, how can those of “vulnerable catechesis” assume the rest of that individual’s teaching is faithful? The die of doubt has been cast.
Last year, it was heard that some priests didn’t believe they had actually donated to Fortunate Families and wondered why their names were listed. It is only fair to mention the possibility that someone else might give a donation in a priest’s name in order to make the cause look more widely supported, especially by priestly stature. If that happens, and a priest does not want his name to appear, he should contact Fortunate Families in writing and say so, for the protection of his mission and of his priestly credibility.
There is another point worth mentioning, and that is the appearance of specific churches rather than individuals on the Fortunate Family Donor List. On the 2011 list, one donor in the $200-$499 category is St. Mary’s. But which St. Mary’s? Another donor, on the $100-$199 list, is St. Catherine of Siena, but which one? Is it ethical to take funds donated to a Church, given by faithful parishioners who do not support the goals of Fortunate Families, and donate those monies to such a cause? Is it lawful? Is it right to use only the name of a church which is the same as another church, and could scandalously taint that other church and pastor with the confusion of who gave, and who didn’t? Can a not-for-profit organization legitimately donate to an organization which seems, in a number of its articles, to be rallying and lobbying for a cause so politically aligned? Some parishioners may want to discuss these concerns with the pastor.
An additional scandal relates to donating to such a cause by others who feature prominently in the diocese. The appearance of those names also can lead to scandal. It can create doubt in parents if their children are in religious education or sacramental preparation programs with prominent supporters of any dissident organization. On the 2011 list, consider the appearance of: Bill Pickett (who steered much of the sham pastoral planning, with the disastrous closing of some churches which never should have been closed); Daniel Meyers from the Board of Trustees at St. Bernard’s and a member of the Diocesan Stewardship Council; Carolyn Portanova, retired President and CEO of the Catholic Family Center. Does this not speak to the dissident core in the DoR? And how could this not happen, when priests lead the way?
One would hope that conscience is coming to the fore, at least for some, who have come to realize the scandal and stopped their support. Or perhaps there is fear that a new, faithful bishop might not look so favorably on such scandal? But changing behavior is easier than changing minds and hearts, so we need to continue to pray for obedience of all Catholics to Church Teaching and the moral law, regardless of whether or not it is personally agreeable or convenient, and so that scandal and damage to souls might cease. One must wonder what goes through a dissident priest’s mind in Lent as he reads the words at Mass from Preface II:
From Preface II: Lent
“For you have given your children a sacred time for the renewing and purifying of their hearts, that, freed from disordered affections, they may so deal with the things of this passing world as to hold rather to the things that eternally endure.”
To enlarge a picture and scrutinize the names, just click on the picture. The content of this post is compiled from information made publicly available by Fortunate Families, which does not include full addresses of donors. If there is any error in what is written above, please reply in the comments or through the staff email, and it will be investigated and corrected if necessary. This post is made in good faith in order to protect Catholic teaching and the practice of our faith, all for the good of souls.
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