Cardinal O’Malley cancels trip to World Meeting of Families to respond to reports of seminary misconduct

The Archdiocese of Boston announced Aug. 15 Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley will not attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin Aug. 21-26. Cardinal O'Malley is pictured in a 2014 photo. (CNS photo/Tom Tracy) 

BOSTON (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley will not attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin Aug. 21-26.

"Important matters pertaining to the pastoral care of St. John's Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston and the seminarians enrolled in the formation program there require the cardinal's personal attention and presence," said an Aug. 15 statement.

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Cardinal O'Malley has asked the rector of the seminary, Msgr. James Moroney, to step down while an inquiry takes place into allegations made on social media about activities there that are "directly contrary to the moral standards and requirements of formation for the Catholic priesthood."

Someone named Andrew Solkshinitz linked to a blog post in the community section of the Archdiocese of Boston's Facebook page that describes seminarians at a "conservative seminary" drinking heavily, cuddling and engaging in sexual acts.

"As a former Boston seminarian for three years, I am calling upon the church to seriously examine the seminary located on Lake Street (St. John's)," Solkshinitz wrote in the post on the page.

However, the Boston Archdiocese statement did not specify the social media allegations or say if the Facebook post was related to them.

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Cardinal O'Malley also appointed a group "to oversee an inquiry into the allegations made this week, the culture of the seminary regarding the personal standards expected and required of candidates for the priesthood, and any seminary issues of sexual harassment or other forms of intimidation or discrimination."

Cardinal O'Malley was supposed to moderate a panel, "Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults," at the World Meeting of Families. He said in a statement that "he will closely follow the proceedings from the Archdiocese of Boston."

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Phil Lawless
1 year ago

This image of Christ behind O'Malley is a strange one, yet it mirrors many traditional images with the same general design, a threefold set of rays behind the head of Jesus with vague spots on them. I think it is time to relate this concept to the Shroud of Turin. Having been exposed to the research of Dr. Alan Whanger of Duke University on Shroud research, his high resolution images of the head of the image shows that the spots on the rays are consistent with flowers that might have been placed around the head of the victim. Whanger's demonstrations of images of actual flowers superposed over the Shroud image are quite convincing. These considerations, along with existing ancient images, such as Christ Pantocrator, strongly suggest that the Shroud image is quite a bit older than the carbon dating has indicated. It is all in the image lineage.

Phil Lawless
1 year ago

This image of Christ behind O'Malley is a strange one, yet it mirrors many traditional images with the same general design, a threefold set of rays behind the head of Jesus with vague spots on them. I think it is time to relate this concept to the Shroud of Turin. Having been exposed to the research of Dr. Alan Whanger of Duke University on Shroud research, his high resolution images of the head of the image shows that the spots on the rays are consistent with flowers that might have been placed around the head of the victim. Whanger's demonstrations of images of actual flowers superposed over the Shroud image are quite convincing. These considerations, along with existing ancient images, such as Christ Pantocrator, strongly suggest that the Shroud image is quite a bit older than the carbon dating has indicated. It is all in the image lineage.

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