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Another Reflection on Rich Leonardi’s Departure

November 5th, 2011, Promulgated by b a

Since Rich took his site down, I’ve had many thoughts that I’ve been intending to jot down. Fortunately, in my delay others have already voiced most of my thoughts. Here’s a great reflection by “man with black hat”. The whole thing is a good read. Here’s a snip:

Another Day at Tyburn Tree

Say what you want about his tactics, but years from now, no one will accuse Rich of being a liar. The Archbishop of Cincinnati, whether by accident, design, or unknowingly through his minions, has shut down a voice who told His Excellency what he likely did not want to hear. The history of the Church is rife with prelates who met their undoing by no less. If you read of the work and writings of Saint Catherine of Siena, you would find her far, FAR less polite than Rich on his worst day. (To my knowledge, Rich has never referred to archdiocesan officials, let alone the Archbishop, as “wolves and sellers of the divine grace.”) The lives of many saints make for great stories in catechism class. In real life they’re a pain in the ass. Apparently, so was Rich.

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7 Responses to “Another Reflection on Rich Leonardi’s Departure”

  1. The Egyptian says:

    Going to miss Rich, although the best may be yet to come, remember the Phoenix, out of the ashes a better bird may rise. Personally the actions of the Archdiocese of “Cin” are cowardly at the most charitable, and in my eyes despicable. If the criticism of a diocese and it’s prelate is wrong how are corrections made, are we to be so blindly obedient?

  2. Richard Thomas says:

    I thought he had an excellent site. Was this discussed in prior posts? I did not hear how and why this happened. Thanks.

  3. Scott W. says:

    Rich’s response at my site:

    Someone close to the archbishop — let’s set aside names, since a surrogate for the likely culprit is denying it — reached out to the Son Rise Morning Show to voice their displeasure over my opposition to Archbishop Schnurr’s support for the scandal-drenched CCHD. This comment in particular was deemed beyond the pale:

    “He deserves our respect — and prayers — by virtue of his office. But respect does not mean unthinking obeisance. His Excellency seems to be under the impression that he was elevated to Seminary Rector-in-Chief. Very few aspects of archdiocesan life away from Beechmont Avenue get his attention, and he appears content to let his cabal of inherited malcontents in the chancery set policy.”

    The show’s producers, not wanting to run afoul of local leadership, deemed me too hot to handle and eased me out. It’s as simple as that. Never mind that in my four years on the show I never once so much as hinted at local controversies. I took down my site because one of its main functions was the reform of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. I do not believe it’s reformable — indeed, I think the world and the Church would be a better place without it — so I don’t see a point in tilting my lance at a self-satisfied and self-perpetuating windmill.

    Rich also fills in more details at Dale Price’s blog here:

  4. Richard Thomas says:

    He, Rich, feels the diocese is lost but all things are possible with God. Don’t quit! If you do Satan wins. Can someone , close to him, convey this message?

  5. Scott W. says:

    Can someone , close to him, convey this message?

    Both at my site and Dale’s many have expressed hopes for his return. I’ve recommended a group blog similar to CF that would allow him to comment without the work of maintaining a blog. He knows.

  6. Raymond F. Rice says:

    I think what the Church needs now is for the laity to unite and challenge decisions and activities as they are happening in Cincinnati and Rochester and push for reform in the whole Church.!!

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