Mar 31, 2006

Rome, U.S. hierarchy to punish bishops?

Is the Vatican finally ready to get tough with U.S. bishops who covered up sex crimes and shuffled molester-priests from parish to parish?

Could be, says the March 31 The pro-life/family news service reports that the U.S. hierarchy and Rome are talking about disciplinary action against unnamed guilty bishops.

According to the article, canon law stipulates that only the Holy Father can punish a bishop. So far, no U.S. bishop has actually been punished, unless you count early resignation. USCCB head Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane asserts the Vatican has "taken action" against Bernard Cardinal Law of Boston by accepting his premature departure. recalls that Cardinal Law resigned in 2002, four years before reaching mandatory retirement age, when the media revealed the extent of his cover-up of sex crimes. Bishop Skylstad says several other bishops directly involved in abusing minors also bowed out early.

Hmmm.....remember what Cardinal Mahony said in early 2002--that if he had swept as many molester-priests under the rug as Cardinal Law, he would resign? Well, more than 100 priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles might be sex criminals, and the July 18, 2002, issue of The Wanderer said Cardinal Mahony's scandal "threatens to dwarf...Law's mess."

With 560 sex-abuse lawsuits in the works against his Archdiocese, isn't it time for the Cardinal to stop postponing the inevitable and pen a letter to Pope Benedict XVI?


Anonymous Alice said...

Has Cardinal Law resigned since his assignment to Maria Magiorre, Rome?

11:08 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Alice,

Cardinal Law is still in Rome, so I believe Bishop Skylstad was talking about his "premature departure" from Boston in 2002.

Maybe we'll see more "premature departures," but I'm not holding my breath for that -- and then there's the matter of whether the replacements will be good ones.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Kenneth Fisher, Founder & CRCOA said...

There is also the matter of seemingly rewarding evil Bishops by kicking them upstairs instead of doing what is right and punishing them.

I have just returned from the REC and though many told us they agreed with us, far more have even gotten more adamant in thier errors.

We were told that sex outside of marriage is not a sin, God made homosexuals that way, and many other crazy things.

From the outside of the stadium, the liturgy, they never call it a Mass, sounded like an old fashion revival meeting.

If you didn't join us today, you still have tomorrow. We will be there from 12:00 until roughly 6:00 PM. We really need more reinforcements.

Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman, Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

8:13 PM  
Blogger hilary said...

The irony is, if the Romans continue to have the CDF run the show, Levada is going to have to "discipline" himself.

1:05 PM  

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