"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Fr. Michael Fugee's appointment is not prestigious.

Well, that's good news, isn't it.

Dr. Ed Peters has the consoling news:
I am open to arguments that, depending on the facts of the case, clergy convicted of or admitting to sexual misconduct with a minor not just be refused assignment but even be dismissed from the clerical state (c. 1395 § 2), but, that being understood, if canon and civil law allow such clerics any assignment, one can hardly attack a cleric’s appointment as “co-director of the Office of Continuing Education and Ongoing Formation of Priests” on the grounds that it is a “prestigious assignment”. No disrespect intended to the men and women serving in such roles, but, in terms of arch/diocesan structures, such offices rank pretty low on the ecclesial bureaucrat’s prestige list. - Light of the Law
Fortunately most clerics are not interested in career or promotion...

NB:  Priests assigned to desk jobs frequently fill in for Masses and sacraments at parishes within the archdiocese on weekends and when a priest is on vacation. Likewise they hear confessions at the cathedral and elsewhere. Just saying.

Disclaimer:  To be fair Dr. Peters is addressing one of the critics who broke the news, claiming Fugee had been appointed to a prestigious position - he's pointing out that it's not very important. 


  1. I read that earlier and it made me "feel" all better.

  2. Adrienne, I'm with you...


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