Is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) morally built on a house of sand? I ask this question in all seriousness because of the some recent events.
Recently Timothy Dolan Archbishop of New York and President of the US Council of Catholic Bishops has shown just how out of touch he is by attempting to use the political leverage he thinks he has to promote cannon law over secular law.
Dolan has a history of whining. That is basically all he did throughout the Gay Marriage debate in New York. Some even think Dolan was one of the reasons Gay Marriage passed in New York because his opposition was not reasoned. By religiously trying to propagandize the debate as theology over law he made a serious miscalculation about how that would play out in the minds of reasonable people.
Not satisfied with the outcome in New York Dolan looked to
what Cardinal Francis George was doing with the Illinois Catholic Conference
around the issue of Gay Marriage. The Illinois Conference set up a Defense of Marriage department. Dolan not known for his originality decided to take the cue from his predecessor, and set up a national Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. One of its primary focuses will be defending DOMA.
Bishop Robert Finn Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has just been indicted. The indictment alleges that between December 16, 2010, and May 11, 2011, Finn and the diocese had reasonable cause to suspect that a child may have been the victim of abuse
“due to previous knowledge of concerns regarding Father Ratigan and children; the discovery of hundreds of photographs of children on Father Ratigan’s laptop, including a child’s naked vagina, upskirt images and other images focused on the crotch; and violations of restrictions placed on Father Ratigan.” Bishop Finn knew about the existence of the picture, did not report that to the police, thereby allowing the priest to engage in his sexual abuse of innocents.
I am sure the USCCB will remain silent on this matter as will the Vatican. Bishop Finn could exercise some moral leadership and resign, but I would not hold my breath for that outcome.
Finally, Bishop Zurek of Amarillo Texas is trying to put a lid on percolating scandal concerning another well known priest Fr. Pavone. There appears to be an issue of financial mismanagement surrounding the nationwide “Priests for Life” this priest heads up. Once again a Bishop is putting the reputation of the hurch over the needs for transparency, and financial accountability.
It is past the time for Archbishop Dolan to exercise some responsible leadership. One of the reasons he was elected President of the USCCB was to provide leadership from
his New York pulpit. Another indication of how cluless and morally bankrupt USCCB has become.
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