I was not surprised by the content or timing of Archbishop Chaput’s announcement today. Any public relations expert knows you announce bad news on a Friday afternoon. If you’re lucky you can announce it on a Friday afternoon during a holiday week in the summer. There’s far less media coverage. And, Archbishop Chaput doesn’t have just any public relations expert. He has hired the late Cardinal Bevilacqua’s guy – Brian Tierney.
As for the content, I’d like to say I’m shocked and disappointed to see that my former boss at the now defunct Catholic Standard & Times has been permanently removed from ministry. I’m just deeply sad. Father David Givey celebrated my wedding, baptized our children and was considered a dear family friend. The Archbishop won’t announce the specifics, but Msgr. Lynn knew the issues. While it wasn’t introduced at trial, the evidence is there and will find its way to the surface..
Father Dave impacted many lives for the better. I count myself among those people. It was hard for me reconcile that against what I came to know. But I have. – Susan
Click here to read: “Philly archdiocese restores 4 accused priests, removes 2 others,” by David O’Reilly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2012