Rocco is reporting "Mutiny in the Big Apple."
Long-simmering tensions among a broad cross-section of the archdiocese’s priests broke into the open today with the circulation of an anonymous letter under the authorship of a group calling itself "A Committee of Concerned Clergy for the Archdiocese of New York." Saying that, "At no time has the relationship between the Ordinary and the priests of the Archdiocese been so fractured and seemingly hopeless as it is now," the authors have urged their confreres to lodge "a formal vote of ‘NO Confidence’" (emphases original) in Cardinal Edward M. Egan, who became archbishop in 2000. Using strong language throughout the 950-word missive, the authors allege a widespread finding that Egan’s relationship with his priests has been "defined by dishonesty, deception, disinterest and disregard."
"Sadly, it is evident that this Cardinal is unable to deal with the complexities, problems and challenges of an Archdiocese of the magnitude and diversity of New York. For these reasons and more, the Priests of the Archdiocese of New York must express a vote of NO CONFIDENCE. Such a vote would encourage the Papal Nuncio and the Holy Father to strongly consider accepting the Cardinal’s resignation in April,2007, when he reaches the age of retirement, rather than at a future and uncertain date before his 80th birthday, as can often be the case with retiring Cardinals. The search for a new Archbishop should begin sooner rather than later."
I am not much of a fan of anonymous committees encouraging secretive votes against their bishop.
In other news a press release from Archdiocese of Boston announces.
Cardinal Seán O’Malley will host a press conference tomorrow morning to make a major announcement, sharing key news regarding an important step forward in the continued rebuilding and strengthening of the Church in Boston.
…Please Note: Immediately following Cardinal O’Malley’s press conference, all media are welcome to remain for a photo opportunity and to cover the procession of the sacred relic of the heart of St. John Vianney outside the grounds of St. John’s Seminary – located next to Peterson Hall – to a statue of St. John Vianney and to the entrance of St. John’s Seminary Chapel.