Dec 31, 2006

Vatican returns Cincy priest to ministry

The news today (click on this post's title) says "the Vatican" -- actually, the Congregation for Clergy -- has told the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to reinstate Father James Kiffmeyer to active ministry. He has been on leave of absence for nearly five years after two accusations of sexual misconduct involving high school boys of at least 18 years of age were made against him in 1997 and 2002.

The Congregation for the Clergy said that under Church law, the statute of limitations for such accusations is five years after the alleged incidents, and the accusations were made too late, so the Archdiocese should not have penalized the priest in the way it did.

The Archdiocese's priest personnel board is studying how to reassign Father Kiffmeyer.

Here is the statement from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on the situation:

Here is a Cincinnati Enquirer story on the news:

Meanwhile, here is another Cincinnati Enquirer story -- about the Archdiocese saying it has lost money for six straight years and could be out of money in three years. It does not take much connecting of dots to know that part of the deficit is due to scandal payouts.
Archdiocese needs cash
Financial struggles could trickle down to local parishes

What does the future hold for the worse-beset Archdiocese of Los Angeles?

By the way, no one inside the Church or outside ever admits that the Church has declining revenues because for the last five decades AmChurch has let the Catholic population drop by telling Catholic parents by the millions they could decide whether to commit birth control.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


So, Quintero, Canon Law is used to defend malfeasant priests but not the laity they prey upon?

Well, we certainly know who (not Who) matters to the Church Establishment, don't we?

Besides, Quintero, the decrease in donations isn't necessarily exclusively a consequence of birth control. Why should any conscientous Catholic with any common sense or self-respect make *any* donations to the spiritually tone-deaf imbeciles running our dioceses and parishes?

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