Perusing many emails from around the world, it has become evident that there's a lot of shuffling going on. Not playing cards, under sleepy oak trees where children while away their summer vacations, but evidence that the S.S. Legion is rearranging its deck chairs, so that (one might conclude) certain parties will be unavailable to the Visitors. From schools to various apostolates, superiors and directors who have been in a given place for five, ten, even fifteen years or more are suddenly needed elsewhere. Certainly, summer is the time for new assignments, but it's curious how many "fixtures" are already packing up and moving out of harm's way. One might connect the dots and suggest a trend, but surely the AV would recognise such an obvious tactic...
UPDATE I: Cassandra, in reflecting on this post, fleshes out the tactic with specifics. That's why I always defer to her as the real journalist in our midst.
UPDATE II: Oh my!
UPDATE III: And now:
Tom Hoopes, National Catholic Register editor, resigned this week. Together with Brendan McCaffery, Chief Operation Officer for Circle Media, let go last week, these represent decades and decades of experience at the highest level of Legionary operations in Connecticut
Mr Hoopes has been offered a position at Benedictine College in Atchison KS. There is no indication that he's anything less than positive about his years at NCR, so at surface level the move cannot be attributed to any frustration with Legionary policies. And, btw, the Register's accountant was let go last week as well. Keeping things tidy, I guess.
[One must realise that the employment contracts signed with the Legion all include a promise not to speak badly of the Legion after departure. Any legal eagles want to parse that element? This isn't like Kodak employees bringing information over to Polaroid.]
UPDATE: IV: Someone is very surpised by a quick shuffle:
Thy Kingdom Come!
Dear RC members in Christ,
I didn’t want to wait any longer to tell you the news. I have a new assignment for this fall in Rome. I will be the vice-rector of one of the sections of seminarians at our Legionary seminary there and will spend most of my time dedicated to the formation of future Legionaries. As of yet there is no departure date set for Rome.
This comes as a great surprise to me and, I am sure, to you as well. Over the next couple of months, I hope to be able to thank everyone personally for your dedication to Christ and for the support you have given me in so many ways. I will miss St. Louis and Kansas and Nebraska and all the wonderful people who have opened up their lives and their homes to me. You are a great gift to the Church and to souls. Keep building the Kingdom!
For now, my plans are to help the coworker girls spiritually as their chaplain. I am writing to you from Michigan where the course is taking place. Then, in the first week of August I will go to Rhode Island where I will preach a week of spiritual exercises to the young women candidates. I will also see my brother, Fr. Andrew, who has been working in Rhode Island for a month or so.
I am also pleased to announce that Fr. James Perez will be taking my place as superior of the community and local coordinator of apostolate for the Heartland region. Please give him the same love and support that you have given me.
Sorry to tell you this in an impersonal email, but I thought it would be better than waiting until I return to St. Louis on August 16th. I hope everyone will visit me in Rome. I’d enjoy showing you around the eternal city. Until then you are in my prayers.
Yours sincerely in Christ, Fr. Timothy Mulcahey, LC
We wish him well, while scratching our heads at the timing and implications. Could be nothing, really.