Tag Archives: cover-up scandal

Not An Exit Strategy

I read this story where Cardinal Turkson is bothered by the cloud hanging over the Church. Turkson told attendees he glimpsed the impact of the scandals during the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress and the 2018 World Meeting of Families, both … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict’s F

I noticed a letter from Pope Benedict XVI released last night. I took a brief look at it, then spent a bit more time with it today. It’s a frustrating read. I understand complaints about 1968, and about moving forward … Continue reading

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Catholic Historians On Abuse And Cover-Up

An interesting bit on a meeting of Catholic historians here. According to those who’ve studied it, the epicenters are not Boston, Philadelphia, or the environs of Archbishop McCarrick: Instead, rural, Western dioceses such as Fairbanks, Alaska; Helena, Montana; and Spokane, … Continue reading

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A Year, Or Even More, Here And There

Somewhat cross-posting from my fb page. But a bit more in detail. Then I noticed a Pittsburgh initiative. Bishop David Zubik has announced a Year of Repentance in which all clergy of the Diocese of Pittsburgh are asked to fast … Continue reading

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But, But, But

I commented online recently that perhaps bishops could forego some elements of clerical or liturgical dress: put pectoral crosses under their shirt, wear a black yarmulke, use a crozier only for diocesan or cathedral events, and only then a simple … Continue reading

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The Twenty Percent

Some commentators are focusing on the homosexual element of Church scandal. I wonder if it betrays a bias against, or a minimizing of the suffering of women. A facebook friend alerted me to his bishop’s response to today’s Church scandal. … Continue reading

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Open Book 3: At Mass

A number of my liturgical friends on facebook discussed the possibilities for this past weekend. Mention the scandal or not. And if mentioning, which one? Bishop Morlino’s gays, Archbishop McCarrick’s nephews, or Cardinal Wuerl getting caught in a white lie … Continue reading

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Open Book 2: Conservatives On Top

From CNA, the book on Archbishop McCarrick opens a few more pages, and testimony from six priests suggest the sexual activity and secrecy didn’t end with the disgraced former cardinal: Several Newark priests told CNA that the same atmosphere existed … Continue reading

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Open Book

From the Pennsylvania grand jury report, cited in this WaPo op-ed: Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected. (M)any, including some named in this report, have been promoted. Until that changes, we think it is too early … Continue reading

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The Pennsylvania Bomb

It has exploded in the Keystone State. Over one thousand underage victims in six of eight dioceses. I have no heart or stomach to read the whole report as some are doing. Rod Dreher seems to be live-blogging as he … Continue reading

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Shopping Around

Until a few days ago, I never gave much thought to the phenomenon of seminarians-to-be shopping around for a favorable diocese. Sometimes guys–and I’ve known a few–have a choice. They were born in one see and went to college in … Continue reading

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USCCB Statement on Theodore McCarrick

A facebook friend alerted me to this “Statement on Course of Action Responding to Moral Failures on Part of Church Leaders” posted on the USCCB website today. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo acknowledges the obvious: Both the abuses themselves, and the fact … Continue reading

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What A Difference A Day Makes

In the old days, I’d be gone for a week or two–camping or on retreat–and some news item would explode. Events like the Nixon capitulation in ’74, Elvis in ’77, or Oklahoma City in 1995. I took a pilgrimage day … Continue reading

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Bishop Accountability

Liam linked word of the Holy Father’s motu proprio on bishop accountability. I haven’t found the actual text yet, but I’m sure it’s soon to be out. I noticed this: … the competent Congregation of the Roman Curia may initiate … Continue reading

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Aborted Assignment

Rocco whispered this news on his Twitter feed, and I’m perched between disappointment and acceptance on reading it. (Archbishop John) Nienstedt quietly arrived in Michigan Jan. 6 to help St. Philip pastor Rev. John Fleckenstein, who has been ill, an arrangement … Continue reading

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