The Bellarmine Fund’s founders recall their wonderful experience of Catholic education at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla.
“The bell rang and down the aisle came about 10 altar boys all neatly arranged with cassock and surplice, incense, golden torches—all the smells and bells of Catholic liturgy. At that time, I had just graduated eighth grade and wasn’t versed or interested in the faith, but this procession on my very first day at my new high school caught my attention,” remembers [one
of the tree, Matthew] Uzdavinis.
“The beauty and reverence of the liturgy was unlike anything I had ever seen before, and it transferred into the way theology was taught in the classroom by our teachers,” Uzdavinis continued. “From that point on, the relationships I cultivated with priests, seminarians, teachers, and other students grew because they were all grounded in an awe and love for the authentic Catholic faith.”
Uzdavinis became “great friends in the Lord” with [the other
two, Justin] Bailey and [and [Andres] Donovan, who were impacted by similar experiences.
“I remember having teachers at Jesuit High School who would sit with me after school for long periods of time, explaining the faith. I was shocked to discover the Church always had answers to questions I thought problematic. It strengthened my faith immensely,” shared Bailey.
Donovan agreed: having teachers who were “firm in their faith” was instrumental in his life and in his decision to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio, a faithful Catholic college recognized by The Newman Guide.
CHICAGO (LifeSiteNews), 4/30/22 — The Chicago Archdiocese has paid an $800,000 settlement over five cases of sexual abuse, one of which involved a well-known priest who was charged with abusing a minor in the 1970s.
Fr. George Clements died in 2019, aged 87, after serving as pastor of Holy Angels Parish from 1969 to 1991. At the time of his installation, he became the second black Catholic pastor in Chicago and was heavily involved in the civil rights movement. The 1987 movie The Father Clements Story dramatized the priest’s adoption of four teenage boys in 1980.
But of the four priests in the suit, only he is not listed by the archdiocese.
On Tuesday of this week [of 4/30/22], at a press conference held in front of the Chicago Archdiocese, Cardinal Blase Cupich was asked to list Clements publicly among clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse against a minor.
Robert Hoatson, a Road to Recovery co-founder, declared: “Fitzharris is there. Holihan is there. Weston is there. Why not Clements?”
“This happened in February, this settlement,” Garabedian said.
“[Cardinal Cupich has] had all this time to place his name on the website. The time for hiding and secrecy is over. It’s time to be transparent so the victims, the survivors, can try to heal.”
Yes. The latest list, June 8, 2021, has the three named above but no Clements. Why is that?
10With what grace God has bestowed on me, I have laid a foundation as a careful architect should; it is left for someone else to build upon it. Only, whoever builds on it must be careful how he builds.11The foundation which has been laid is the only one which anybody can lay; I mean Jesus Christ.12But on this foundation different men will build in gold, silver, precious stones, wood, grass, or straw,13and each man’s workmanship will be plainly seen. It is the day of the Lord that will disclose it, since that day is to reveal itself in fire, and fire will test the quality of each man’s workmanship.14He will receive a reward, if the building he has added on stands firm;15if it is burnt up, he will be the loser; and yet he himself will be saved, though only as men are saved by passing through fire.