San Diego Bishop Robert Brom has asked his diocesan clergy to ante up a month’s salary to help pay for sex abuse legal settlements. I wonder what the clergy there are thinking about this.
My sense is that it’s a few steps up from evicting nuns from a diocesan-owned house. Clergy in many dioceses are rumbling about a lack of due process and a lack of support from their bishop. I hope that Bishop Brom has his ducks in a row on process and relationship with his brother priests. This just doesn’t sound good to me.
Bishop Brom might be revealing that he Doesn’t Get It. Many bishops are laboring under the misconception that your average Catholic is upset with the clergy. Trust me, I don’t think so. The anger is being directed at bishops first for covering up abuse and moving predators. After that, anger is being directed at predators themselves.
Most Catholics retain a very high regard for their parish priest. I hope for the sake of his diocese and ministry, Bishop Brom has a lot of capital in good relationships with San Diego priests. It looks like he’s going to be spending a lot of it.