Feb 28, 2007

Columnist Steve Lopez

In his "Points West" column in today's Los Angeles Times (sorry, I don't have the link), Steve Lopez says he phoned "PR guru" and "king of crisis management" Michael Sitrick for "advice."

Sitrick and Co., a major public relations and advertising firm here in the Southland, advised the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for some time. Lopez says Michael Sitrick told him that the company no longer did so, and that it actually had worked officially not for the Archdiocese but for the law firm of J. Michael Hennigan, which represents the Archdiocese.

But anyway, Lopez notes that the website LA-ClergyCases.com, which takes the side of the Archdiocese, had posted a nasty unsigned note about him.

Lopez apparently (it's not quite clear from his wording) told Sitrick about the note; and he says that lawyer Hennigan soon called him (Lopez) to apologize for the note "slipping through."

Lopez says Sitrick quoted Sophocles to him: "The truth is always the strongest argument." He says in 2004 the Cardinal admitted "leaving five priests in ministry despite complaints" but the Times said there were 11 more such priests.

Sitrick's firm, says Lopez, believes that "If you don't tell your story, someone else will tell it for you." In that vein, Lopez decides to "cleanse his soul" by listing a few past offenses of his.

We should pray for Lopez, because one of the offenses he mentions was that when an altar boy he "stole some hosts." Presumably those hosts were unconsecrated; let us hope they were, so he did not commit sacrilege.


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