Today I begin with two quotes from William Cardinal O'Connell, Archbishop of Boston from 1907-1944:
"...we have no room for you; you'll not be ordained for Boston."
-To seminary applicants circa late 1930's
"I only need have of them. I have no place to put the others!"
-To the rector of Saint John's Seminary, who later went by alphabetical order to select priests to be ordained for Boston.
These quotes are disturbing to this day for me, since they were quoted in the commemorative section in last Friday's Boston Pilot about the newly-ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Boston. I could not believe that seminarians were treated like numbers and not as men. Could this be why heresy and dissent spread locally by the time Vatican II rolled around?
Fast forward to 2014, where eight new priests for Boston and one for the Neocatechumenical Way were ordained at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 24th. The Neocat was the only young vocation at age 26. But the Boston ordinands were all over the hill. Here they are:
- a 63 year old former finance manager
- a 61 year old chemical engineer
- a 51 year old former financial planner
- a 49 year old former labor official
- a 44 year old playwright
- a 43 year old former district attorney
- a 40 year old software engineer
- a 39 year old artist
So you can tell from the list that nobody young was ordained. While these new priests once held real world jobs, they have a duty to combat the secular world. It is unfortunate that these new priests were most likely not trained in the best seminaries for orthodoxy, and there might not be any Latin Masses from these old-new priests. It might be different in more traditional dioceses, but not in Boston unless changes are made.
Then at the back of the section lists the names of 62 seminarians who are supposedly candidates for Boston and the projected years of ordination. This is false, the 22 Neocats listed will not be incardinated into the Archdiocese. So there are 40 seminarians for Boston to date, 5 from parishes that offer the TLM. If all complete their studies, there will be 4 ordained in 2015, 9 in 2016, 9 in 2017, 5 in 2018, 8 in 2019, none in 2020, 3 in 2021, 1 in 2022, and none in 2023.
Now, the Neocats. They are destroying many parishes in Boston. They are the ones who have taken over Saint Lawrence Church in Brookline as Redemptoris Mater Seminary. But a Latin name doesn't mean anything traditional. They are the ones who sit on the floor and play guitars while saying "Mass" with cookies and juice. They are not Catholic in any true sense of the word. They are hosting a "gala"? Give me a break! Nobody is going to donate to this cause.
Please pray for a new archbishop and for vocations.