Reopening Old Wounds

BCI hopes all had an enjoyable Christmas celebration. 

We were going to post a copy of the most recent Pilot column by Vicar General, Msgr. Deeley, entitled The Gift of Our Priests, but after seeing the latest letter to priests that seems as though it serves to reopen old wounds, we decided to do a different post. This is not “news” today but is the opinion of BCI. If you do not want to read our opinion, feel free to skip today and come back next time.

In “The Gift of Our Priests,” Msgr. Deeley said:

Certainly we would count among the most difficult periods the last ten years when we have been shocked by the revelations of the sexual abuse of minors by priests unfaithful to their vocations. Terrible crimes were committed. The lives of those who were victims of such abuse were damaged horribly. For our faithful priests this was a new kind of difficulty…The sexual abuse crisis brought embarrassment, shame, and much questioning to the entire Catholic community but especially to our priests. At times priests found themselves and their ministry ridiculed. Simply wearing a Roman collar led some to become suspicious of them and they experienced people turning away because of a general lowering of trust in priests.”

As we look back now from a distance on the past decade, we can see how our priests responded. In their own grace-filled way, and despite their own pain, they continued to do what they were ordained to do. They offered Mass. They visited the sick. They incorporated new safety guidelines for the protection of children in their parishes. Often they saw the financial resources with which they had to administer the parish diminish, but they continued to preach and lead, and encourage their people. In sum, they continued to bring their priestly presence to the community, serving God’s people as best they could and trusting in the Lord.

At this moment in our history, we give a new challenge to our priests. In a recent convocation of our priests, Cardinal Seán and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Planning Commission presented a proposal to them and asked for their input on the idea of serving all parishes through new groupings called Pastoral Service Teams (PSTs). The thrust of this new approach would be to enhance our evangelization and outreach activities through a greater sharing of resources and collaboration with nearby parishes…

BCI thought the column was pretty good.  Then just a few days after the Pilot published the column saying, “as we look back now from a distance on the past decade,” we saw the letter the Vicar General sent out to priests informing them that the archdiocese is going out of its way to reopen old wounds of the sexual abuse crisis from a decade ago.  The folks at 66 Brooks are proactively “marking” the ten-year anniversary of the January 2002 Boston Globe Spotlight Series that exposed decades of prior sexual abuse by Catholic priests with a series of media interviews by the Cardinal, a letter by the Cardinal, and prayers of the faithful in church.

Yes, you read this correctly. The Boston Archdiocese and Cardinal are commemorating the ten-year anniversary of a series of Boston Globe newspaper articles.  How can we be “looking back from a distance” one week, and a few days later, the distance is gone and we are reopening the old wounds?

Here is an excerpt from the letter, which you can read in its entirety by clicking on the image to the right:

“Dear Brothers,

In the early days of January in the New Year we will sadly recall that 10 years ago we were shocked by the revelations in the media of sexual abuse perpetrated by members of our own Boston clergy.  Cardianl Sean and the archdiocese will be marking this in a number of ways.  Among those will be a series of media interviews in the coming days in which the Cardinal will reflect on the events of that time, the harm caused to the victims of such crimes, and the many steps that have been taken to protect children in the Church.  The Cardinal will also release a letter during the first week of January speaking of the contrition of the Church for the harm that has been done, but also recalling with gratitude the help so many people have offered in responding to this crisis, and the commitment the Archdiocese continues to give to the safety of children.

It seems very appropriate that the Church throughout the Archdiocese join together in prayer in these days.  With this letter is a series of sample intercessions for use in the Prayer of the Faithful in your parish Masses the weekend of January 7/8.  We ask you to use these prayers,  and to continue to pray for all affected by sexual abuse in any way.

  1. For all those who have been hurt in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them: that the Lord Jesus, who turns darkness into light, will join their pain and suffering to his own, and grant them peace. We pray to the Lord.
  2. For the Church in Boston and throughout the world: that as we recall the painful memory of abuse in our community we may find in Christ the grace and strength to recommit ourselves to providing a safe place for all God’s children. We pray to the Lord….

Wishing you and the people whom you serve God’s many blessings during this Christmas season.

Fraternally yours in Christ,

Rev. Msgr. Robert P. Deeley, J.C.D.
Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

BCI acknowledges the horrendous actions and crimes committed against children by some priests and the terrible damage done to children and families. BCI is all for apologizing and continuing to work to bring healing to the victims.  The current Cardinal Archbishop and his predecessor–along with two popes and dozens of bishops–have apologized countless times already. And approximately $3 billion has been paid to settle abuse cases across the U.S. alone. But at what point do we let those wounds finally heal in Boston, stop publishing yet more expansive lists of clergy subject to legitimate and unproven claims, and stop dredging this up over and over again?

For How Long Do We Keep Apologizing?

To be fair, the Catholic Church has a fair number of major errors to apologize and repent for.  The sexual abuse crisis is a major one of them. There were also brutal excesses of the Crusades and Inquisition. Catholics turned their back on the Holocaust.  As we know, in 2000, Pope John Paul II made a sweeping apology for 2,000 years of violence, persecution, blunders, and sins committed against Jews, women, indigenous peoples, the unborn, and other groups .  “We humbly ask for forgiveness for the part that each of us with his or her behaviors has played in such evils thus contributing to disrupting the face of the church. At the same time, as we confess our sins let us forgive the faults committed by others towards us.”

With that, the public apology and call for repentance for those sins and wrongs was done. Do we keep dredging up those sins every year, or every five years, or every ten years?  No.

Other violations of public trust and scandals have occurred in recent history, and after apologies, action to prevent the problem from recurring in the future, and (hopefully) appropriate restitution are made, at a certain point there is no “marking” of those scandals after the passage of time. Here are a few examples that come to mind:

  • Does the government publicly mark the anniversary of the June 1972 Watergate break-in and scandal, and the 1974 resignation of President Nixon?
  • Does the government, and does the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, “mark” the anniversary of the March 1979 nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island?
  • Does the federal government keep publicly revisiting the Iran-Contra affair and scandal, which came to light in October 1986?
  • Does the federal government keep marking and publicly flogging themselves on the anniversary of the Tuskogee Syphilis Study becoming public in newspapers in July 1972? (In this 40-year government sponsored study, hundreds of black men diagnosed with syphilis were never told of their illness, were denied treatment, used as human guinea pigs in order to follow the progression and symptions of the disease, and all died from the disease without they or their families knowing it was treatable).
  • Does the federal government keep marking and publicly apologizing for the failure to intervene in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which 800,000 people were slaughtered within 100 days?
  • Does the government publicly mark the anniversary of the December 1994 issuance of the Rockefeller Report, which revealed that for at least 50 years the Department of Defense had used hundreds of thousands of military personnel in human experiments and for intentional exposure to dangerous substances? Materials included mustard and nerve gas, ionizing radiation, psychochemicals, hallucinogens, and drugs used during the Gulf War.
  • Does the federal government publicly mark the anniversary of the September 2004 publishing of the Iraq Survey Group report that showed there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the world had been misled about a key reason for invading Iraq?

Why January 2012?

Beyond the question of whether it is appropriate and necessary to proactively dredge up this issue again, there are questions of the timing and concept behind the initiative.

If the Boston Archdiocese wants to “mark” the 10-year anniversary of the Globe Spotlight series, why not also give the Globe reporting team a Chevrus Award for outstanding service to the Catholic community in Boston while they are at it?  And why not then mark the sexual abuse crisis every year, or every week, rather than just after ten years? How long will this go on for?  Five more years?  Ten more years?  Fifty years? And why not mark the multiple decades of prior abuse that were exposed in 2002, rather than just marking the initial publication of the Spotlight Series?

Furthermore, if this is done in Boston, what should other dioceses do?

Should the Los Angeles Archdiocese “mark” the 10-year anniversary of when the news hit the front pages of the LA Times?  Should Ireland, Philadelphia, and other dioceses each mark their respective meltdowns that came after Boston on the one-year, 5-year, and ten-year anniversaries of when it hit there?  If every other diocese follows suit, the drumbeat could run over several years, where each diocese marks the anniversaries of when their diocese was the subject of a newspaper series exposing decades of wrong-doing.

In Boston,  the archdiocese has done a great deal over the past ten years to address the problem of child sexual abuse and provide a save environment for children. Public apologies have been made. Financial restitution has been made.  Child protection programs and employee screening programs have been implemented. Priests with valid claims against them have been removed.  Some priests have been imprisoned.  Many priests falsely accused have been unable to return to normal ministry. List of priests accused or found guilty of sexual abuse have been published. This archdiocese still spends more than $2M annually on therapy and victim outreach services.  None of this has been done by other institutions in society that care for and educate children. Yet, the likes of SNAP and the lawyers keep asking for more, and this archdiocese apparently continues to capitulate to them, failing to realize that SNAP and the lawyers will simply never be satisfied.

The Catholic Church is no doubt the safest place in the world for children, especially here in Boston.  Surely, with everything that has been done over the past decade and is still being done, the wounds to Catholics in Boston should be allowed to heal at long last. Yet now, with wounds healing and many priests getting back to normal ministry, the archdiocese goes out of its way to pick off the scabs.

BCI thinks the proactive move to publicly open the old wounds is not well conceived, and the time and energies of the Archbishop of Boston would be better spent elsewhere.   If you concur, click below on the “Email” graphic and send a copy of this blog post to the Vicar General (Vicar_General@rcab.org) to let him know what you think.

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25 Responses to Reopening Old Wounds

  1. Gabriel Austin says:

    A little public penance seems to me to be the best. Let the cardinal and the chancery get on their knees once a week, in front of the cathedral; or in front of the many churches in Boston.

  2. rf5580 says:

    BCI rightly acknlwledges Msgr Deeley’s letter as helpful. That being said, BCI also offers an excellent response to the latest charade coming from 66 Brooks drive. What would also be helpful if the Globe Spotlight Team would look into the financial component of the Pastoral Center. The only way you an get any response from these ecclesiastical bureaucrats is if they’re embarrassed in the press.

  3. This is un called for. Just leave the past alone and move on.

    • John says:

      Chris, I don’t see this as uncalled for. Many victims and their families are still suffering from the abuse, which, while most victims are able to go on with their lives, always will leave a mark.

      It is similar in a sense to Holocaust Memorial Day, held every year. While age has dwindled the number of survivors still with us, they too still feel the pain and guilt (survivor’s guilt) of that most horrific event.

      We remember in order to ensure that this never gets repeated.

      The motto of the Simon Wiesenthal Center is: “Hope lives while people still remember.”

  4. Angry Parish Council Member says:

    As much as I believe our bishops need to repent for the child sexual abuse I can’t find fault with the compelling logic on this well-written post. Everyone in the Pastoral Center should read this before continuing on their current course of action, which frankly feels dumb.

  5. Alice Slattery says:

    Before praising the Globe reporters and re- apologizing again and again for the priest sex scandal, perhaps Cardinal O’Malley should read the Globe staff writer,Sally Jacobs, article printed by the Globe on 7/10/2002. The article is titled:”If they knew the madness in me”. It reveals what was really going on in Boston at the time of Fr. Paul Shanley’s celebrity,when he was popularized in the Globe as the ” hero”, “Street Priest” “a vaunted crusader for the down and out, a man widely admired in Boston.”,”one of a handful of priests in the country assigned to work full time with homosexuals.”
    The Cardinal might want to read the information in this article that Elaine Noble, the” first openly gay representative in the country” , revealed about her suspicions about Fr. Shanley’s intentions when he brought young boys into gay bars and the reporters,who would certainly include Globe reporters, were very much aware of what Fr. Shanley was doing.”Noble said:”not only was it common knowledge in the community that Paul liked young men.” “But a number of young boys she knew told her about it in detail.” Noble took her concerns to “city leaders, including the police and mayor’s office. That nothing came of her reports she attributes to Shanley’s popularity and potent connections.”
    If the Globe reporters had acted right away upon Noble’s concerns instead of ignoring what they too were observing, there could have been a very different outcome . I expect that the Globe editors highly approved of Fr. Shanley’s work with the organization Dignity which to this day pretends to represent the teaching of the Catholic Church on homosexuality, as he “advocated fervently for gay rights from the lectern and in the media. He chided the Catholic Church for what he considered homophobia and testified at the State house on behalf of antidiscrimination legislation.” “Paul Shanley was a man we all looked up to,” declared Boston City Clerk Rosaria Salerno, a former nun who worked on several college campuses in the 1970s.”
    I suggest that Cardinal O’Malley needs to read up on some of the history regarding the beginnings of the priest scandal in the Boston area. Globe reporters who knew what Elaine Noble knew have never been held accountable for refusing to reveal the truth about what was happening at that time. The Globe has never apologized for covering up what Fr. Paul Shanley was doing. It’s time they did.

    • John says:

      This is not about the Globe, or even about the Archdiocese. It is also not about homosexuality.

      This should be about the victims and their families. It is about the priority being the protection of children.

      It was not the Globe who forced the victims and their families into confidentiality agreements. That was the standard operating procedure, and this silencing would seem to a victim as a way of blaming them for what happened.

      Say what you want about Cardinal O’Malley, he made it a priority to reach out to the victims and their families, and he ordered the Archdiocese’s lawyers to halt the aggressive manner in which those families were treated.

      Unlike most events, this one has no singular moment to place a commemoration on.

      Again, we SHOULD be reminded of what happened, because that is the surest way of preventing it from happening again.

  6. qclou says:

    don’t hold your breath waiting for the Globe to say ‘mea culpa’ , it won’t happen.

  7. Michael says:

    Here are some other anniversaries that might be in store:

    - 10 years after The Rogers law firm (who “represented” the Archdiocese at $1M/yr for decades) developed its process of suggesting “gag orders” for each child abuse settlement which permitted the abuse to go on for years

    - 10 years after all of the psychologists (hired by the archdiocese for advice) professionally advised Cardinal Law, that these people with such sexual disorders were treatable and suggested to reassign each of the perpetrators

    - 10 years of each and every priest, bishop, lay person, lawyer, psychologist, etc. who knew what was going on, closed their eyes, blocked their ears, said it is not my problem, and now act like they were “shocked by the revelations of the sexual abuse of minors by priests unfaithful to their vocations” (BTW how can Msgr. Deeley state with a straight face that anyone would have been “shocked” by this behavior — it was well known and covered-up by a lot of people– including people who call themselves “good” priests. Fear, self-interest, self-protection, and apathy were the character traits that allowed this tragedy to happen. Anyone who knowingly allowed this behavior to continue unchallenged is no better than Mike McQueary who walked away during Sandusky’s rape of a young boy iat Penn State.)

    - 10 years celebrating the interest on the monies that grubby sleazy lawyers stole from the Archdiocese as a result of piling on. If your numbers are correct $3B, then what is the interest on $1B for the lawyers?

    - 10 years of a music director from Berklee school of music making $98000/year (what was I thinking when I chose not to go to music school) for playing church music (including Beatles tunes) part time at St. Gerards Church in Canton … oops four years … the starving artist got fired recently

    - 10 years of BCI shining the light on all of these people

    - Merry Christmas BCI – outstanding post

    • BobofNewtn says:

      Nice post Michael – and you are correct. They all knew and did nothing! So sad but true. Now, these same “shocked” clerics preach against the same type of conduct in which they engage. Hipocracy at its finest!

      Circle the wagons, because it’s over Folks – let’s see how many Churches will be closed in 2012!

  8. Lazarus' Table says:

    It isn’t difficult to reopen old wounds when only the symptoms, not the illness, have been addressed.
    The Dubious Decade anniversary just might be an appropriate reminder of the fallability, weakness and morally dubious character of church leadership. It’s a reminder of how great is the divide between the Gospel and the institution of the church.
    In an address to US Bishops on their ad limina visit, Pope Benedict said that “we ourselves [the bishops] are first in need of re-evangelizing.” The pope’s vision of a “smaller, purer church” might well indicate the vine needs some serious pruning.
    It’s been ten years. But the whitewashed tombs are still filled with dead men’s bones.
    2012 will just be another reminder that when you deal with the church, you are like lambs among wolves.

  9. Karen says:

    Sadly, they didn’t get it then and they still don’t get it now. Thanks, BCI!

  10. doubting pastor says:

    I work with a group of men who were sexually abused by priensts in the Archdiocese of Boston. The wounds of clergy sexual abuse are not being “re-opened” as everyone would have us believe. For they have never closed or healed. Yes, money has been payed and therapy has been offered but for anyone who has ever suffered the wounds of sexual abuse, they know it is something that never, ever goes away. The trauma of sexual abuse is life long and needs to be addressed by the victim on a regular nasis. It is even worse for those who were victimized by “representative of God” and then further victimized by a systemic denial and alienation of those who reported these crimes. The Boston Globe did the Archdiocese a service in bringing to light all that what happening in the dark. And concentrating on the Boston Globe’s role only helps us to forget the role that we, the church, played in the destruction of lives.

    Don’t dare to deny the pain these people are in until you have sat accross an office from them and felt their pain, listented to their grief, seen the tears and torture these people feel as a result what they’ve been through. And then try to help them deal with the further aggrivating problems such as addiction they find themselves caught up in as a reult of the pain of their lives. And then call the Archdiocesan offices to try to get them the extra help, the psychiatric outpatient care, the detox they need in order to help get their lives back together. See how far you get…

    The pain and the disgrace has never gone away. Paying money out hasn’t fixed shattered lives. It’s just made us, the church, feel better in that we have made restitution. The misery and pain of clergy sexual abuse will never be over until the last victim has gone home to God.

    Just say a prayer for them and a prayer of gratitude that you never have to endure what these men feel.

    • Boba Fett (Yub Yub) says:

      Doubting Pastor, Your post contains within it the very reason why the “victims” will never rise above their “misery” and “pain.”

      You have given an ontological status to the evil done to them. You have created a “victimhood”. Basically, you are saying that the Shanleys and the Goegahans win. You have these suffering people define their lives by what evil doers did to them.

      RCAB falls into this same trap when they make up these showboat liturgies. They use the liturgy to give the victory to the pedophiles. Now, the liturgy will say to these suffering people, “you shall always be the ‘victim.’ The pedophile even now controls your identity. The Church will forever proclaim you do be the victim.”

      • Boba Fett (Eh, YoTo) says:

        I add one more point. SNAP also plays right into the plan of the pedophile (not surprising, given the fact that Chloessy’s brother is a pedophile priest that he himself protected from justice). SNAP declares to all their members(who happen to be some of their donors) that they must let the pedophile control their very identity for the rest of their lives. And this is what a pedophile is about: they want control over their victims. NO HEALING HERE! Nothing but keep the wound alive, live off of it, etc. Not a good idea to follow the corrupting lead of $NAP.

    • Mack says:

      Doubting pastor, I can admire the empathy and pastoral care you are evidently showing to the victims of sexual abuse that you counsel. And certainly they have a lot to deal with, and the effects of abuse can go deep.
      But I can’t help but wonder if you might be cementing them into victimhood with the idea that they are doomed for the rest of their lives. As terrible as it is, the effects can be healed; it’s not easy but God’s power can reach even there. And at a certain point, they too have to take responsibility for their lives, and not blame all their problems on their abuse. It’s not as if they’re entitled to mess up their lives with alcoholism or drug abuse; certainly many victims have not gone this route. They are witnesses to the reality that the abusers do not have such absolute power over their victims as you seem to imagine. Let’s give these persons some credit for being able to deal with it and move on with their lives in constructive ways, as so many have done and continue to do.

  11. Boba Fett (Yub Yub) says:

    Great post, BCI. Once again, the clerics at 66 Brooks Drive show that NONE of them have a clue about liturgy. For all of them, liturgy is a big empty show.

    That they would use the Holy Sacrifice to carry out their show reveals how little regard these Professional Catholics have for what really happens at Mass.

    We saw this in 2003, when they made Stations of the Cross centered on abuse by priests. We saw this at the Kennedy Canonization, when the liturgy was at the service of extolling the Pro-Abortion Political movement. For these men, the center of liturgy is humanity and the current events of humanity.

    Just maybe 66 Brooks Drive is trying to create a new religion?

    • NoFanOfTheGlobe says:

      Boba Fett,

      Since when are prayers of the faithful to mark particular moments in time of a community a “big empty show”? What Church are you part of? Do you also dislike the Good Friday petitions? Should priests be banned for praying for those going on the March For Life in about a month?

      What is wrong with these prayers according to you and the liturgy police:

      “For all those who have been hurt in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them: that the Lord Jesus, who turns darkness into light, will join their pain and suffering to his own, and grant them peace. We pray to the Lord.”

      “For the Church in Boston and throughout the world: that as we recall the painful memory of abuse in our community we may find in Christ the grace and strength to recommit ourselves to providing a safe place for all God’s children. We pray to the Lord.”

      We can pray for our elected officials, including the biggest pro-abortion president in history, but not pray for those hurt by the abuse scandal?

      • Boba Fett (Eh, YoTo) says:

        I’d anwer your question, but that would lead us off the topic, into a discussion about liturgy qua liturgy.

  12. NoFanOfTheGlobe says:

    If the Globe and all the other news outlets around town marked the ten-year anniversary of the first news breaking of the clergy abuse scandal, and the Archdiocese did nothing, would BCI and the commenters criticize the Archdiocese for not anticipating this and doing nothing?

    Two questions:
    a. Do you anticipate the self-serving secular media, driven by the Globe, will mark this anniversary? If not, why do you think they wouldn’t?
    b. If yes, what should the Archdiocese do? Should they act surprised and then react to quotes from Garabedian, Snap, etc.? Or should they anticipate it and do something?

    From my point-of-view, I think the secular media will do something and that the Archdiocese of Boston is smart to plan something in anticipation. Whether it will be well done or not, we will have to wait and see until it comes out.

    My view is one of the major reasons this became such a scandal is that the Archdiocese 10 years ago didn’t have “pros” advising them to speak often and to speak the truth. Get the facts out yourself, get your perspective on the record, and limit the story to a bad couple of weeks instead of a bad couple of years.

    I am not sure why BCI is taking such a hard stance on the idea of anticipating a story and getting the church’s perspective and the facts out there for all the secular media coverage. Without that, you would be left with either: (a) only quotes from Garabedian, SNAP, VOTF, BishopsAccountability, Peter Borre, etc. and/or (b) reactions from Terry Donilon (which to me never really seem like they come from the Church). If the Cardinal is participating in media interviews and writing a letter himself, at least we’ll have a chance to hear from him as the leader of this Church on an issue that will likely get a lot of courage.

    • NoFanOfTheGlobe,
      You make a number of points and they call for a lengthy response. Since the top of this post is clearly labeled “Opinion,” we are not saying there is objectively one right or wrong answer.

      First of all, BCI agrees with you that reactions from Terry Donilon never seem like they came from the Church. We also agree that anticipation of coverage by the secular media and the need for some formal response is a good idea so as to avoid spontaneous reactions by Terry Donilon.

      Secondly, let BCI correct a minor but important inaccuracy in what you said. You said in your view, the Archdiocese didn’t have “pros” advising them to speak often and to speak the truth in 2002 when this scandal broke. Not true. The Archdiocese did have “pros” both employed at the archdiocese and on the outside advising them ten years ago. See this article for just one example:
      http://www.boston.com/globe/spotlight/abuse/stories3/121502_seven.htm

      “He (Jack Connors) helped organize a meeting in February of doctors, lawyers, and businesspeople, a virtual Who’s Who of Boston’s Catholic elite, to advise Law how to respond to the crisis. Connors’s advice was blunt: Tell the whole truth, and nothing but.”

      BCI is aware that the archdiocese got this sort of advice on multiple occasions during the “Long Lent” of 2002. Donna Morrissey, the person in charge of PR at the time, was a “pro” herself, and a lot moreso of one than the current person in the role. We all know that the whole truth of the extent of abuse was not revealed for a substantial amount of time after the news broke in January of 2002. Why? A number of reasons, but it is not because they did not have the advice of professionals. From the best information BCI has, our sources, and public records, it was primarily because certain lawyers advised Cardinal Law to not release documents (e.g.see
      http://www.boston.com/globe/spotlight/abuse/stories3/112602_records.htm), Cardinal Law listened to the lawyers rather than PR/crisis management pros, and record-keeping was often so bad that sometimes even Cardinal Law did not know certain records documenting abuses existed until they were unearthed from the basement of his own residence for legal discovery.

      That said, we agree with you that had the facts been gotten out in their entirety under the control of the archdiocese, the story in Boston would have run for a much shorter time, perhaps a few months, instead of a few years.

      Now, a response to your two questions
      a. Do you anticipate the self-serving secular media, driven by the Globe, will mark this anniversary? If not, why do you think they wouldn’t?
      >>>BCI agrees the secular media, including the Globe, is self-serving. BCI does not know if they will do something to mark this anniversary or not, but would guess they will probably do something.
      b. If yes, what should the Archdiocese do? Should they act surprised and then react to quotes from Garabedian, Snap, etc.? Or should they anticipate it and do something?
      >>>BCI believes the archdiocese should anticipate the possibility that (a) will occur and be prepared with well-written statements and additional supporting information should the media ask the archdiocese to respond and comment. If the media does nothing, then the prepared materials would not be needed. If the media does something, then the advance preparation will have paid off.

      The Cardinal, through Terry Donilon as his spokesman, has established some history in recent years of pandering to or capitulating to the anti-Catholic media, such as the Globe. Exhibit A of this is the Kennedy funeral/coronation, supported by the public comments from the Cardinal himself in his blog and as quoted in the press.

      BCI is taking a hard line not on the idea of anticipating a story and preparing an appropriate articulation of the church’s perspective should it be needed, but rather is criticizing the idea that the archdiocese is taking what should be a non-story and instead, proactively making it into a story.

  13. Fr. Bill says:

    No mention of the “priest victims” i.e those falsely accused but they are permanently media trashed + JUDGED! I

    Is there to be any reparation for their never-ending suffering?

    They were left unsupported and remain abandonned and “shelved” by their bishops + his curiae and even many of their fellow priests !

  14. goldie says:

    If it is true that abuse is a cycle: Who abused the priest?

    I once read through an online deposition that claimed two accused priests
    had been abused and did not want to talk about it, even if doing so
    would serve to their advantage during a sentencing.

  15. retsopA says:

    “For How Long Do We Keep Apologizing?”

    ## As long as need be. Wanting to “move on” does not suggest sorrow for sin, or contrition, or repentance, or conversion. Someone truly repentant is more concerned to make reparation & be converted than to stop being embarrassed.

    Saying “Sorry” doesn’t cut it. Someone truly repentant doesn’t think of his own ego, but of the evil he has freely, knowingly, deliberately done. The hierarchy may be embarassed – it is not at all clear that it is truly sorry. To be in denial is *not* the same as contrition, let alone repentance or conversion. What has happened is a gigantic betrayal. And it is not clear that the hierarchy world-wide or the Vatican apparatchiks “get” this.

    The CC is not like the other institutions mentioned – it claims to enjoy graces & virtues, & a super-natural source, character & mission, that they do not claim. Therefore its sins are far blacker than theirs. Or does Catholic dogma on the Church fly out the window the second the Church is found molesting minors ?

    “No mention of the “priest victims” i.e those falsely accused but they are permanently media trashed + JUDGED! I

    Is there to be any reparation for their never-ending suffering? ”

    ## That injustice is one of several scandals resulting from the depraved conduct of those who loved the Church institution more than they loved its members. Unjustly-treated clergy are going through nothing many laity have not been put through by the hierarchy, FWthatIW.

  16. Strange things happen in New England that give many people substantial doubt that things are getting better:

    04 JANUARY 2012
    On 10th Anniversary of Boston Archdiocese settlement: Is U.S. Magistrate Judge Landya B. McCafferty embroiled in yet another recusal ethics issue with the Catholic Diocese and her husband in Ryan v. Krause?

    http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2012/01/is-landya-b-mccafferty-embroiled-in-yet.html

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