Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Personal Asides: Its Quigley and Nalepa for Sunday Shootout A Brilliant Priest Leaves the Archdiocese for the Jesuits.
Quigley & Nalepa.
Independent Democrat Cook county board member Mike Quigley will be one of my guests on Political Shootout on WLS-AM Sunday night (8 p.m.) along with a man whom a growing number of fans hope can be convinced to run for the U. S. Senate against Dick Durbin a man whom I referred to cryptically yesterday Jim Nalepa. Jim Nalepa, a graduate of West Point, made a brilliant run for Congress in 1994 and could easily have defeated Bill Lipinski that year except for one Republican Riverside township committeeman who flooded her district with sample ballots marked for Lipinskithe indefatigable State Senator Judy Baar Topinka who was running that year for state treasurer and needed the help of the Democratic machine which delivered for her because she delivered for them. (She noted to a friend when she ran for governor last year that Iwhom she described in terms that cast doubt on my mothers heritagecost her 16,000 votes in her losing effort. I am depressed to learn that was all I subtracted from her total but it was worth it even to get Blago.)
Former S.J. Again S.J. Fr. Matthew Gamber.
One of the archdiooceses finest priests, Fr. Matthew Gamber, who left the Jesuits to become a parish priest on the hope that his talents and skills would be used in evangelization, has decided to return to the Jesuits not because the Jesuits are any better but because he will have a teaching assignment he cherishes. It is rumored he had been promised fulsome duties in the archdiocese which is in dire need of good priests but in the three years he has been here he has not received such summons nor visited with the Cardinal. Nor, reportedly, has he had an easy time getting through the Iron Curtain on Superior street this again by speculation not by personal verification by me.
One of the best priests I and his many admirers have ever known, Fr. Gamber did great things as an assistant at St. Paul of the Cross in Park Ridge which includes the institution of the 24-hour-a-day Eucharistic Adoration.
Perhaps had he marched with Jesse Jackson or paled around with such Catholics as Dick Durbin, Mayor Daley, Todd Stroger, Mike Madigan, Lisa Madigan, Dan Hynes, Tom Hynes and Emil Jones all pro-aborts he would have had his phone calls returnedat the least by Chancellor Jimmy Lago (Jimmy, not James being his Christian name). Who knows?
Good luck and many fond wishes to Father Matthew Gamber, again S.J. The archdiocese will miss you whether it knows it or not.