Priest sacked by MIT for thinking precisely

The thought police raised a small ruckus and got the Archdiocese of Boston to instruct a priest to resign from his job as a chaplain at MIT.

Father Daniel Moloney had written an e-mail that succinctly reviewed Catholic thinking on sin, justice and mercy.   He remarked on some allegations, including that Officer Chauvin acted from racist motivation, that are going around in common parlance but that are not known facts.   Father Moloney’s note got circulated, misquoted, mischaracterized and distorted, including by MIT officials.  The Archdiocese immediately adopted some of the mischaracterizations and promptly caved.

For the outragey culture-war version of events, here is the American Conservative:

The Sacking Of Father Moloney

For a more patient and precise review of events, here are my favorite media critics:

https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2020/6/26/chaplain-at-mit-sacked-for-his-thoughts-as-a-catholic-priest-on-mercy-justice-and-george-floyd

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10 thoughts on “Priest sacked by MIT for thinking precisely”

  1. drlorentz:

    Mate De:
    You can always count on the Bishops to cave to the politically correct mob (Not all, but most of them).

    Then what good are they?

    They have the same value as the GOP has for conservative citizens.  Accordingly, the same solution applies: citizen-level revolt.  Vote out the political hacks in the GOP, and become indignantly vocal in your church, elevating the issues through informed dissent.  Confront the infidels directly.

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  2. I followed the link to Rod Dreher at American Conservative, which didn’t seem overly red- meat to me. Getreligion.org didn’t seem any more balanced. There isn’t a balance possible between sanity and insanity. The priest was loving and respectful to George Floyd,  but truthful about his having done bad things. Truth is not a liberal value.

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  3. In another essay, Dreher interestingly admits he was wrong and a fool to have been okay with the destruction of Confederate statues. He sees now that it is only about hate and power. Duh. If he didn’t see that back then I am not impressed with his insightfulness.

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  4. drlorentz:

    Mate De:
    You can always count on the Bishops to cave to the politically correct mob (Not all, but most of them).

    Then what good are they?

    Well, they are the successors of the apostles. The Last Supper was the institution of the priesthood and we know not all the apostles were good men. Judas betrayed Christ. Even, Peter (although repented unlike Judas) denied Christ 3 times. The rest fled in cowardice during the crucifixion with the exception of John. So, the fact that our shepherds can be weak cowards isn’t a surprise. However, after the Pentecost when the holy spirit filled the apostles is when they received their mission and were given the courage to spread the Gospel. So there is always hope, and some Bishops are stepping up.

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  5. Jojo:
    In another essay, Dreher interestingly admits he was wrong and a fool to have been okay with the destruction of Confederate statues. He sees now that it is only about hate and power. Duh. If he didn’t see that back then I am not impressed with his insightfulness.

    Rod Dreher is as much of a dolt as the aforementioned bishops.

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  6. If insinuation, misconstruction, and targeted mendacity are not the bases for pre-determined prosecution, only truth remains – the most wicked and hateful of all discriminatory acts for disenfranchising the guilty vast majority.

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  7. Mike LaRoche:
    Rod Dreher is as much of a dolt as the aforementioned bishops.

    He’s made a career out of getting things wrong, changing his mind, and then writing about how wrong he was.

    Crunchy Cons, represent!

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  8. Mate De:
    Well, they are the successors of the apostles.

    Ironically, the text of Clement which seems to bolster the idea of a permanent set of apostles,

    “We should be obedient unto God, rather than follow those who in arrogance and unruliness have set themselves up as leaders in abominable jealousy…”. I Clem 14:1

    seems in modern times to argue for tossing them out on their ears.

    You maintain Godly authority by staying Godly, not be being a smart politician and building a system where you maintain power by worldly means.

    I think the strength of the true Church is that it makes it easy for Christians to remove their support of leaders who have turned away from their mission.

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