In the wake of Cardinal McCarrick’s being removed from public ministry over a credible claim of sexual abuse of a minor — plus reports of past sexual activity with adults and associated settlements – it’s disgraceful that the Boston Pilot promoted a puff piece today highlighting McCarrick’s service to the Catholic Church.
This morning, the Boston Pilot emailed thousands of people on their email a message with the subject, “Cardinal McCarrick’s 60 years of ministry had global impact.” Here’s the email sent to BCI by an astute reader.
The email linked to a piece posted on the Pilot’s website and syndicated from Catholic News Service. After someone called the Pilot and complained about how inappropriate this post was, it was promptly taken down. Still, one wonders how something this bad got posted and broadly distributed by The Boston Pilot in the first place, and we are asking readers to contact the Pilot’s leadership to complain and ask for an explanation.
Cardinal McCarrick’s sexual abuse of a minor and sexual harrassment of adults has been broadly reported. Here are just a few articles:
Beyond the horror of the abuse of an altar boy, McCarrick was well known for forcing himself on seminarians and young priests, and two settlements were reached adults. According to Lifesite News:
The cardinal is alleged to have used his position to prey upon young men under his authority — with a penchant for inviting seminarians or young priests to sleep in the same bed with him — and no one willing to speak up, afraid of repercussions from blowing the whistle on the well-connected cardinal.
It is disgraceful and cruel to victims of this abusive behavior that the Boston Pilot would go out of its way to promote the “global impact” of McCarrick’s 60 years of ministry. Is no one in Braintree concerned about the emotional trauma and negative impact of his sexual abuse and harrassment on the victims McCarrick preyed on?
Someone needs to explain how a decision was made to promote this piece and who didn’t realize how disrespectful and downright stupid it was to email it out to Pilot readers and post a link to it online. And CNS is equally disrespectful for writing it in the first place.
Take a moment to email the Boston Pilot leadership to let them know you want an explanation for why this happened and how they will ensure it never happens again. And also, please email Catholic News Service and ask them to take down their piece.
Boston Pilot Editor, Antonio Enrique: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Robert Reed: email@example.com
CNS Editor, Greg Erlander: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep us posted if you get a response.