Friday, October 31, 2008

Reputation Thief

Isabel Dennis -Cummings is the author of this post.

"who steals my purse steals trash; tis something, nothing; 'twas mine, 'tis his and has been slaves to thousands. But he that fliches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed." William Shakespeare

The allegations against Msgr. Harris brings Shakespeare's words into 2008 reality. The Archdiocesan press release in August manifested another 2008 reality that we have witnessed that when black men are accused they are deemed GUILTY to be proven otherwise.

The excuse that the Bishops Dallas 2002 remedy to solve the sins of the priest by providing aid/sympathy for the alleged victim and public exposure to the priest - takes the situation over the top. What happened to innocent until proven guilty or privacy until the trial / inquiry is proven. WOULD JESUS SANCTION SUCH A TRAVESTY?

If this is the reward for years of dedicated service; submission to the establishment; being the BEST - then it begs the question whether Men of Color native born to America should entertain a life of priestly ministry. It appears the Archdiocese sees the profit of the cosmopolitan, highly educated, foreign born to fulfill the priest quota and the color diversity publicity perception.

The Harris assassination motivates the wondering about the current status of the Black priest in the New York Archdiocese - who are they - where are they - are there any active or are most in a controlled box of inactivity like Msgr. Harris?

The procedure for justice to address allegations against priest accused of child molestation needs to be thorough, within a reasonable time frame and sensitive to both the alleged victim and alleged accused. Protection, Privacy, Sensitivity must be ingredients in this process. Honesty in this process must be key for Justice.

Wallace Harris has become the sacrificial lamb in this 2008 mismanagement of justice. God is showing us, this procedure ruins the reputation of the man and leaves him damaged forever.

Shakespeare's wisdom, Jesus Christ story, the black mans struggle in racist America manifested in the Msgr. Wallace Harris travesty.

Isabel Dennis- Cummings

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Faith in a Good Man!

I first met Msgr. Harris in September of 1983 back when he was just Fr. Harris to those of us that knew him well. He was certainly an intimidating presence back then....especially when you are 5'3 and 125 lbs soaking wet. He came off as a stern disciplinarian at first but I quickly grew to realize that he was smart, kind, and a very witty guy that just wanted the best for all of us at Cathedral Prep. I will always remember Fr. Harris telling me to stand up straight at the Clairvaux Retreat House after I grew to a towering 5'6. I often thought of that as I proceeded to grow almost another foot. I learned a lot from Fr. Harris about never giving up, always try to find humor in every situation, and always being prepared to put your best foot forward in everything that you pursue.

The man that I knew couldn't hurt a young man and anyone for that manner. I truly believe that his accusers have misconstrued situations. I'm quiet sure that Fr. Harris will face this adversity with dignity and his faith will only grow. There are thousands of people that have faith in this man so hopefully this terrible situation will end in a fair conclusion.

Ed McCool
Cathedral Prep (Class of '87)

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Godfather...

It has been over 10 weeks since you were taken away. You are missed by so many people, but I know you are well aware of that. I know how much you miss everyone as well!

Hopefully, this terrible nightmare will quickly come to an end, and we can once again make our BJ Wholesale runs, “One-Day Only” shopping trips, and countless other wacky adventures we have done thru the years.

Most importantly, your guidance, leadership, the understanding you provide and the love you show me and my family is what I miss the most in this unusual time of forced separation.

So until we meet again; know that I love you and pray for your speedy return every single day.

Love Always!

The Godson...