This is everything you need to know about the Diocese of San Jose and why many wish Bishop McGrath would ride quietly off to retirement. It seems he’s trying to burn the place down on the way out. Guess what, Bishop McGrath, the diocese is going to long outlive your tenure. He’s pulling his 11 whole seminarians out of St. Patrick’s and sending them to the University of Saint Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary. Where’s that, you might ask? They’ll be with Cardinal Cupich in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! (That’s sarcasm.) It was a pretty safe bet it wasn’t going to be, say, Sacred Heart Major Seminary with Archbishop Vigneron, though.
Please note, this is a reprint of a National catholic Reporter story. Why am I pointing this out? Well, because of this:
One St. Patrick alumnus, now the pastor of Danville’s St. Isidore Parish in the Oakland diocese, shared his appreciation for the Sulpicians in the Oct. 30, 2016, parish bulletin, praising them for providing “us a vision of Church which was wide and inclusive, not narrow and blinkered.”
In the bulletin message, Fr. Gerard Moran also charged that “the Sulpicians have been on a collision course with Archbishop Cordileone since his appointment to San Francisco.”
Moran criticized what he called Cordileone’s “obsessive compulsive micromanagement” and appealed to previous San Francisco archbishops to “use their influence in Rome to see the Sulpician decision is not irrevocable.”
Now, I’m 99% sure that the National catholic Reporter didn’t stumble upon a bulletin announcement from one of the not-so-notable guys from my diocese. Heck, I only stumbled across it because a reader sent it to me. https://onemadmomblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/show-us-the-mercy/
So, in short, looks like NcR reads my blog! Hi, Fathers Martin and Reese! Did you miss me when I was on hiatus? So glad to know my work is appreciated!
On to the rest of the story. I’m reasonably sure that Bishop McGrath’s final straw was the recent appointment of Fr. George Schultze, SJ, as rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary. That’s all the buzz around here.
I have to laugh at the liberals who don’t know what to say about the Jesuits these days. It would be lovely to see the spin room at NcR trying to figure out how to trash a faithful Jesuit when the Pope is a Jesuit. I also cannot wait to see what Frs. Reese and Martin are going to say about their brother Jesuit who just got a nice promotion. So many visions are running through my head right now. I mean, I’m sure they spend a good chunk of their time wishing they could have the Jesuit orders take over dioceses and seminaries, but I can just see them crying “NOT THAT ONE! OR THAT ONE!” It’s just going to get harder and harder for the Reeses and Martins of the Jesuit order now that there are a lot of faithful Jesuits showing up. And, heaven help them, they must be coming unglued now that “One of them” is now in charge of the formation of priests, or the bishop of the Oakland Diocese, or…