In sermon, E. Longmeadow priest calls on Pope Benedict to step down
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In sermon, E. Longmeadow priest calls on Pope Benedict to step down
Says only truth can heal church in abuse scandal

By Emma Stickgold
Boston Globe Correspondent / April 12, 2010

An East Longmeadow priest called yesterday from his pulpit for Pope Benedict XVI to step down, demanding greater protection of children and greater accountability from the Catholic Church hierarchy.

The church’s top leader has not been truthful, said the Rev. James Scahill of St. Michael’s Parish, violating an important tenet of the faith. His strongly worded sermon echoed sentiments he shared with parishioners several weeks ago, but this time, he spent more time and spoke with greater conviction on the controversial subject.

“Any who deny the truth deny Christ, and we, as people, must reclaim our church,’’ Scahill said in a phone interview last night. “Those in authority must be willing to admit to the truth, admit their horrific crime of coverup, and beg for forgiveness, and until that happens, there will be no healing.’’....

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massach...rgy_abuse/
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Maybe Longmeadow ought to step down
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What do you think about this fartsucker
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See DK, thats why you get in so many scrapes; always calling names.
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Why is this "news" story presenting this priest's opinion as if it were correct and legitimate?  Why does a third-rate mind like this merit any coverage at all?

Hopefully, he'll be suspended by the end of the day.


Here's his parish:

Rev. James Scahill

128 Maple Street
East Longmeadow, MA 01028-2721
(413) 525-4253

++Sean's
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184-3839
Telephone: 617-254-0100



Also:don't forget to call +Sean,


Thanks for the heads up
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(04-12-2010, 04:40 PM)Augstine Baker Wrote: Why is this "news" story presenting this priest's opinion as if it were correct and legitimate?  Why does a third-rate mind like this merit any coverage at all?

Hopefully, he'll be suspended by the end of the day.

Would that be the wisest thing to do?  After all, wouldn't that give this priest just that much more media attention?
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(04-12-2010, 05:15 PM)Pilgrim Wrote:
(04-12-2010, 04:40 PM)Augstine Baker Wrote: Why is this "news" story presenting this priest's opinion as if it were correct and legitimate?  Why does a third-rate mind like this merit any coverage at all?

Hopefully, he'll be suspended by the end of the day.

Would that be the wisest thing to do?  After all, wouldn't that give this priest just that much more media attention?

So what?  If they let this man get away with this, it'll be chaos.
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His Diocese is Springfield:
413-732-3175
800-854-0003

http://www.diospringfield.org

http://www.diospringfield.org/contact.php
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He shouldn't oughta done that, but it looks like this priest is sincere and not some leftist / liberal / modernist looking for an excuse.  He got a bishop pulled out of office.

http://www.votf.org/priest-support/73

Quote:Fr. James J. Scahill Outspoken Supporter of Survivors

Fr. Scahill, the pastor of St. Michael's parish, is an outspoken supporter of the community of survivors of clergy sexual abuse. In 2002, Fr. Scahill announced that the parish would withhold its weekly contribution to the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, because the Diocese had not removed a notorious priest and convicted abuser, Richard Lavigne, from its payroll. The monies withheld were delivered to the Diocese only after all payments to Lavigne were terminated.

Fr. Scahill also was instrumental in bringing the allegations against former Springfield Bishop Thomas Dupre to public attention. Fr. Scahill counseled the mother of one of the survivors. He then brought the claims of abuse to the attention of Archbishop O'Malley of the Boston Archdiocese and to law enforcement officials in Massachusetts. Dupre resigned his position as bishop when the allegations against him became public.

Fr. Scahill has begun to work with the Diocese toward community healing despite some initial tension with the new Bishop in Springfield, Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell. In September, Fr. Scahill and Bishop McDonnell held a healing Mass for survivors at St. Michael's parish. Bishop McDonnell apologized to Fr. Scahill for remarks he had made about him and to survivors for the abuse that they had suffered.
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(04-12-2010, 04:27 PM)devotedknuckles Wrote: What do you think about this fartsucker
You aught to know by now he won't talk about anything, just post things. He only seems to post things that are critical of the priesthood, not sure why Huh?
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