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#344 Oct 8, 2008
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#345 Oct 11, 2008
They will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.
#346 Oct 12, 2008
A FINE LEADER would have COMPASSION UPON HIS FLOCK-- not seek excessive worldly comforts.
#347 Oct 12, 2008
#348 Oct 12, 2008
How's the weather at the Jersey shore, boys?
#349 Oct 13, 2008
Coalition reaffirms transparency demand
BY STEPHANIE LASOTA
Published: Monday, October 13, 2008
HAMBURG The Coalition of Suppressed Parishes reaffirmed its message to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown Sunday afternoon by adopting three resolutions describing the purpose of its efforts and calling for openness about the closing and consolidation of churches.
Members want the diocese to provide transparency regarding implementation of the recommendations of the second diocesan synod used to choose which parishes were closed in July; financial disclosure about money from the closed parishes, the sale of religious artifacts and the salaries of diocesan employees, including the Most Rev. Edward P. Cullen, bishop of Allentown.
About 45 coalition members attended Sundays meeting in the American Legion bingo hall. Joseph Fuisz, Washington, D.C., a graduate of Yale University and the University of Columbia Law School, read the three resolutions, which were approved by everyone present.
Fuisz may provide legal help to the group in pursuing its agenda.
The resolutions read in part:Whereas, the synod process of the Allentown Diocese was conducted in secret meetings with decisions based upon reports that are unavailable to parishioners; whereas, in many instances, it is apparent to reasonable observers that the synods Criteria for Parish Restructuring were not followed in selecting the surviving church ... it was resolved that the coalition demands that the Allentown Diocese provide for the immediate public release of all documents relating to the synod process.
Fuisz, a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Bethlehem, attended the special meeting with his father, Richard Fuisz, of Virginia. Richard said his grandfather helped build the Bethlehem church that closed in July because of the diocesan restructuring plan. He recruited his son to offer legal help to the group.
Thirty-two Schuylkill County Catholic churches closed their doors July 15. Forty-seven churches were closed throughout the five-county diocese.
Fourteen parishes, including several in Schuylkill County, are appealing their closures before the Congregation of the Clergy at the Vatican.
Were planning a strategy in terms of the things that they did financially, in the closing of the churches, coalition member Stephen Antalics Jr. said before Sundays meeting.Did they involve violation of civil law? Were superior churches closed for their price or worth?
Antalics, of Bethlehem, helped spearhead the coalition with Fuisz. Tessa Stauffer, a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Tower City, and Vicki Gennaro, a member of St. Kunegunda, McAdoo, have also been instrumental to the coalition, Antalics said during the meeting.
Stauffer read the groups mission statement prior to the meeting.
We are becoming strong. We are becoming noticed and we are striking fear in the hearts of those who have done injustice, she said.
Of the dioceses five-county region Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill Schuylkill was hit the hardest with consolidations. Fuisz read from the Canon 1261 in the Code of Canon Law, the internal ecclesiastical law governing the Roman Catholic Church, saying he interprets it as a need for honest disclosure of need and resources.
To me, that says you open the books, he said.Weve got to play everything. We want to intelligently use the resources we have to put pressure where we can put pressure.
Fuisz also noted that Canon Law and civil law were two different spheres; however, financial workings of the church may fall under state nonprofit statutes, he said.
We all have the same mission, Antalics said during the meeting.We need to get more activists to fight because you have support.
#350 Oct 13, 2008
Speak to us, Allentown Dio...speak.
#351 Oct 13, 2008
where are the arrogant monsignori?
#352 Oct 14, 2008
all the boys down the shore jumping in the waves...have fun while we are devastated.
#353 Oct 14, 2008
and now, again, some words from our Sponsor:
Mark:6:8: And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse:
Mark:11:15: And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
Luke:9:3: And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
Acts:8:20: But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
1Tim:6:10: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Math:6:19: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Math:6:20: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Math:6:21: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Property data raise questions for diocese
August 23, 2008
The assessment records of Avalon, Cape May County N.J., reveal that the ocean front property at 4660 Dune Dr. is deeded to an Edward P. Cullen (no title) with a value of $1.36 million. The tax bill is sent to 2920 Chew St., Allentown, Pa. This is the residence of the Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, the Most Reverend Edward P. Cullen. The assessment records of Stone Harbor, Cape May County, N.J. reveal that Unit 201, Golden Shores Condominiums, 8001 Second Ave. is deeded to an Edward Cullen (no title) with a value of $600,000, and the tax bills are sent to 4660 Dune Dr. Avalon. The assessment records of Lehigh County show that a property at 3853 Larkspur Dr. Allentown, is deeded to a Most Reverend Edward P. Cullen, with a value of $390,000, and tax bills are sent to P.O. Box F, Allentown, Pa., the address of the Chancery of the Diocese of Allentown.
This raises a serious question. We know by public records the salary of a city mayor, a governor of a state and the president of the United States. But we are not privy to the salary of a bishop whose funds are derived from contributions of parishioners of the Diocese of Allentown.
It might be wise to amend the name of ''The Bishop's Annual Appeal Fund'' to the ''Bishop's Annual Real Estate Fund.''
Stephen C. Antalics Jr.
#354 Oct 15, 2008
Thank you, Sponsor! Scripture cannot lie.
#355 Oct 16, 2008
How many mansions does a fine leader require? Why did he have to close so many parishes? When will he speak to the people he has devastated by his actions?
#356 Oct 17, 2008
I wish the Coalition of Suppressed Parishes luck as they seek answers. May God bless them.
#357 Nov 29, 2008
The closing of churches is not finished--Berks County churches (especially in the City of Reading) are supposed to learn their fate in Feb.'09.
Each week during the prayers we have a prayer for protection from 'evil' from within and outside the church and protection of our parish.
It too is an ethnic church; the majority of members do not live in the city, a majority are still of the ethnic background who built this place and they will not attend any other city church. They'll disburse to the suburb church closest to the their home or not go at all.
My husband of 28 yrs converted because he felt welcomed in this parish, the people and the priest. He felt the power of the Holy Spirit and the overwhelming peace of this place and will not miss Mass unless he is too sick to attend.
While the buildings are not our "faith", they are the peace and character that help many; they are what many find to be the center of their lives.
We were also told if we remain open, we will inherit the bills of the other churches but not their assets. This is disconcerting to everyone since we are constantly hearing that money is in short supply. It's in short supply because of all of these threats of being closed, abuse cases, etc.
I am sorry and praying for those who are hurting from this new form of abuse. Too bad his highness didn't have the guts to stand before "his" people and deliver the news personally.
I know priests who have had family money and put it into taking care of their parishes; not buying millions of $$ worth of private property. I know it's their right, but how can you tell others to give no matter what and you are sitting with more then the average parishoner will ever have.
Somehow the Holy Spirit will guide us all and God will take care of the judgement of others when the time comes.
#358 Jul 13, 2010
the fiend barres is no better...... a cold wind blows across the allentown diocese.
#359 Feb 28, 2012
Bishop Cullen is a fine leader of pedophile priests.
Read the 2nd Phila grand jury report, pages 4-14, to see how he hid and promoted two known child rapists who made children do things that should make any normal adult puke.
Any normal adult would have had the priests thrown in jail. Cullen moved them to places where they raped other children.
#360 Mar 4, 2012
Bishop Edward Cullen is back in the news. He has finally been publicly exposed as part of the coverup while in Philadelpia. All his activity while Bishop of the Allentown Diocese should now be questioned as well. Why did he close so many churches etc?
#361 Mar 4, 2012
The church closings in my locale were long overdue. A dwindling population, fewer faithful, and increased costs for everything made it financially impossible to continue as usual. We had eleven parishes in a locale that now has three, and they continue to struggle financially. Ethnic parishes were supposed to close after their people became enculturated; however, the ethnic ties were fostered and that ethnic pride became a source of stability and - you guessed it - money. That's over and behind us. For those who wish to sit and sulk, that's your choice. The coverup is another matter and one that the law will handle. I just hope people can distinguish the church from those who hid in it.
#362 Mar 10, 2012
Every financial move he made in his diocese was driven by fear of being exposed. Get as much money as possible for defense lawyers. He was always very arrogant, more about money grabbing than he was interested in leading he flock. JMO.
#363 Mar 26, 2012
Bishop Cullen shredded evidence against the pedohile priests, that, in my mind, is just as bad as the one doing it. Rid him of any pension that he is getting, just like at Penn State, the ones hiding it is just as bad as the perpetrator. Put them in jail for tampering with evidence and let him bail himself out, and not with church funds.
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