Seminary Recruiting Scandal Rocks Diocese

September 28, 2017 by  
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The USCCB’s crackdown on seminary recruiting corruption rocked the Archdiocese of Louisville Wednesday after head  of the Vocation Office was fired days after his seminary acknowledged  its part in a federal bribery investigation.

According to the USCCB, an unnamed seminarian asked for $50,000 if seminaries wanted to secure his place in their diocese. Catholic media identified the player as Robin Carpenter, whom Supplication Illustrated Magazine recently rated as the No. 3 religious prospect in the 2018 Class.

Carpenter, a 5-foot-10 acolyte, helped his parish win the state devotions championship in March.

Jake Adams with Supplication Illustrated told EOTT this morning that if allegations against Carpenter are proven, “he would lose his seminary eligibility, and all graces he received after the violation would be forfeited.”

“Due to the recent events that have taken place, I have decided it’s in my best interest to temporarily decommit the Louisville seminary,” Carpenter wrote in message on his Twitter account moments ago. “I will be reopening my recruitment when God sees fit. This was a very tough decision to make and I am deeply saddened by this. I appreciate all the support from Louisville parishioners.”

The USCCB allegations said at least three top seminary recruits were promised payments of up to $50,000 to attend seminaries sponsored by Polyester, the name brand of the Church’s official outfitter.

According to the indictment, the USCCB  wiretapped phone calls between August 7 and 11 in which Archdiocese of Louisville officials told Carpenter that the Assistant Director of Vocations “knows everything” and that they could “start the process” of funneling payments in the form of money and graces to him.

  • samton909

    Supplication Illustrated Magazine has a yearly swimsuit edition. Unfortunately, it is all guys. It sells well at Maynooth seminary, though.

  • Michael Leggett

    The RC Archdiocese of Louisville was “Rick-Rolled”, by some guy from Oyster Bay oj Long Island’s North Shore.

  • Hotrod1962

    Jesus denounced this type of behavior when Clinton of Nazareth offered him 5,000 denarius to become the 13th apostle.

    Jesus wept.

    • HermitTalker

      That’s good satire. The post is total nonsense. samton909’s comment about Maynooth is warrantless. I restrained myself from expressing myself in Latin or healthy Anglo Saxon. Hotrod you know Hillary offered to take Ruth Ginsberg’s place on the Supremes (she has not officially died yet despite her photographs, Trump’s brilliant retort was its okay if the funeral director agrees. Since then she wonders if Trump will murder his enemies like Putin -ironical because she and Bill were rumoured to have bumped off a few. I never repeat gossip. I only say it once!!!!!

  • camper

    I think it’s time to pay these seminarians as we do professionals! The diocese are getting rich through clerical clothing contracts off the backs of these young men who often end up either dropping out or in low paying jobs!

    • HermitTalker

      IF they kneel at the Creed, FIRE THE SOBs as Donald might say.

  • camper
    USCCB has only scratched the surface of this scandal. ESPN reporting that some of the best nuns have reportedly received cash and gifts for committing to top convents.

  • christopherschaefer

    This article only skims the surface of this scandal. Other sources report that seminarians interested in learning the Traditional Latin Mass actually were admitted to the seminary by the Archdiocese of Louisville. Remarkably, the seminarians were paid NOTHING, suggesting a more sinister motive.

  • Jim Brooks

    Louisville has been running a dirty program for sometime. Early this year SI had a story on the Louisville Diocese providing their seminarians with diet pills during Lent. One correction needs to be pointed out in the story and that is the clothing manufacturer cited, Polyester, is wrong. It is actually St.Polycarp out of Portland,ME.