The head of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco on sex abuse by clergy:
a wicked emergency not yet overcome
Nothing in the Zenit bit about bishops.
The principal of a Catholic elementary school warned the Kansas City-St. Joseph chancery office that a local priest “fit the profile of a child predator” six months before the diocese took any action to remove him from ministries dealing with children.
Will Kansas City-St Joseph be the next Boston, the next Philadelphia? NCR has a copy of the hand-delivered letter to the diocese.
Girl’s underwear in a planter? Good grief. The list of Fr Shawn’s misbehaviors is almost unbelievable. I’m glad so many teachers and parents were alert to this “wicked emergency.” Clearly a lot of harm was avoided. But the December computer discovery should have been the last straw for this priest, if nothing else before it was.
The shame seems to have spread appropriately at the chancery: nothing on the diocesan organ nor its blog. I feel badly for another priest I consider a friend, Msgr Murphy, who was in residence for awhile at my previous parish when he shouldered the duty of vicar general. The VG should have taken action, even against a bishop’s objection. It was that serious. Vicars general might end up doing prison time, at least in another diocese. Murphy is too good a man to take a fall like that for his incompetent bishop.