STLToday has a story about a possible dispute between Bishop Hermann, the Archdiocesan Administrator, and some elements of the Catholic Charities Board:
Bishop asks Catholics for help in dispute
By Tim Townsend
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Monday, Nov. 03 2008
Bishop Robert Hermann, the interim administrator for the St. Louis Archdiocese, has asked each member of Catholic Charities board of directors to side with him in a disagreement between the archdiocese and the charity, or resign.
In a letter dated Oct. 30, Hermann said the largest private provider of social services in the state “was allowed…to drift in a direction that began to work contrary to the desires of Archbishop Rigali and Archbishop Burke.”
Hermann writes that the archdiocese has been “getting complaints of donor fatigue in going to the same people at the same time for donations,” and made a decision to bring the development arm of Catholic Charities under the archdiocese’s Office of Stewardship and Development in order to better coordinate the work” of the two offices.
Hermann said in the letter that he had accepted the resignation of Dan Shasserre, vice president of development for Catholic Charities.
“I can fully understand that some of you may find this approach too uncomfortable to remain,” writes Hermann. “While I would prefer that you stay, I would not want you to stay if this were a constant thorn in your side.”
Hermann gave the board members a week to decide whether to remain with the organization.