Light in the Clerical Darkness

The archdiocese of Boston has suffered greatly since the sexual-abuse crisis surfaced in 2002. Newspapers have published dozen of articles (the Boston Globe won the Pultizer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for its coverage) and commentated on the repercussions orginating from a system most call archaic. And rightly so considering the gravitas of the crisis both in the church and in greater society.

One priest, however, was a light amidst the darkness; Rev. Daniel J. Sheenan. Opposite of the famous Southie tyrant, Whitey Bulger, Sheenan was known for his love, care, and generosity to the parishioners of South Boston. 

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Sheenan recently died from heart failure on Saturday, July 2. Today's Boston Globe commemorates his legacy and death.

Let us take time to rejoice this priest's life and the impact he made on a community devestated by abuse. 

Michael L. Avery

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