Scotland’s Catholics, reeling from scandal at the top, now have another one brewing. Is this a hierarchy making a transparent attempt at punishing a priest who went public with serious accusations embarrassing to bishops?
Gerard McGee comes to the defense of his brother priest Patrick Lawson, who has named names of those who had abused and propositioned him, and now has been pink-slipped:
What they are doing is underhand, malicious and sinister. They hide behind … canon law and, by doing so, they abuse the same law and make a mockery of it.
A parishioner is unconvinced the upper hierarchy has any good motives whatsoever:
From the day Father Pat got ill he was given no support, yet they support an abuser priest. Father Moore was bought a house and is listed as a retired priest. He should have been defrocked.
Even if Fr Lawson has seriously erred in some way, he’s untouchable in this climate. Unless he were accused of abusing someone himself.
The bishops of Scotland probably have even less standing than Americans had in 2002. If any country needs a clean sweep at the top, it’s probably Scotland. The question is: can the Congregation of Bishops listen to a determined Scottish Catholic people and collaborate with their suggestions to give them a leadership they deserve.
As for Scotland’s bishops, predators, and other criminal accessories to crimes, I suggest an appeal to Norway, and the installation of a monastery for retired clergy here.
The scenery is beautiful: