Cupich is a picker of bishops in Francis’ cabinet

Very influential post, there with the other American, Wuerl:

4) Cardinal Donald Wuerl has announced he will be going to the Vatican to discuss his resignation, which implies it will soon be accepted by Pope Francis.

Not mentioned yet is Wuerl’s membership on the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, where Pope Francis chose him to replace Cardinal Raymond Burke just nine months into this papacy.

Two Americans sit on the extremely prestigious congregation that selects all new bishops

Let us now praise Tom Doyle, pioneer of the anti-clergy-abuse campaign

On all counts a heavy hitter.

Doyle has interviewed 2,000 victims of clerical sexual abuse in the U.S. alone, and has been the only priest to testify in court in over 200 cases as to the legal liability of the Church.

He has developed policies and procedures for dealing with cases of sexual abuse by the clergy for dioceses and religious orders in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. As an expert in this area, he has delivered lectures and seminars for clergy and lay groups throughout the U.S.

In 1989 he appeared as an expert witness before the legislature of the State of Pennsylvania concerning that State’s child protective legislation. As an Air Force major stationed in Germany, and who also recently served as a military chaplain in Iraq, he holds 16 military awards and decorations for distinguished service.

He currently serves as a consultant/court expert in clerical abuse cases throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Israel and the United Kingdom.

His onetime brothers in Christ chimed in:

 In June of 2003 Doyle was also issued an official commendation from the Dominican Fathers for his “prophetic work in drawing attention to clergy sexual abuse and for advocating the rights of victims and abusers.”

But he arguably and apparently paid for his good work in 2004 by losing his job of 30 years as an Air Force chaplain.

Dominican Fr. Thomas P. Doyle, who has been an outspoken critic of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ handling of the priest sex abuse crisis, was dismissed as a military chaplain by the Catholic Archdiocese for Military Services in September.

Doyle has made no public mention of the withdrawal of his “endorsement to serve,” by Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien Sept. 17, but knowledge of the incident, as well as some papers pertaining to it are now circulating.

The Dominican was apparently given no hearing, just notification of the withdrawal, “effective immediately,” according to a copy of O’Brien’s letter obtained by NCR.

O’Brien had called for daily mass in the three chapels which Doyle and another priest chaplain were serving. At the request of his immediate chaplain superior, a non-Catholic, Doyle wrote a private memo about “the legal force” of what O’Brien was asking.

The memo was sent by a Catholic liturgical minister to O’Brien, who (inaccurately, Doyle said) saw it as a denial of the centrality of the Eucharist in church life. O’Brien acted immediately to expel him from the chaplaincy.

Doyle was not angry.

“I have had an excellent military career as a chaplain,” [Doyle told NCR], “with commendations and citations. I have tried to be a good priest and chaplain. I’m saddened this misunderstanding is ending that career on this note. I do not have any hostile, angry or bitter feelings toward the archbishop or the military archdiocese.”

He’s being too kind, said some of his chaplain friends, “less sanguine” about the matter. Moreover, wrote NCR,

The withdrawal of Doyle’s endorsement to serve is regarded elsewhere as the long arm of those determined to punish Doyle for his outspokenness and leadership on the sexual abuse issue.

All too likely, I fear.

For wannabe bishops all roads lead to Washington, D.C.

The way things have been in the nation’s capital:

The Archdiocese of Washington has, for several years, been a center-left jurisdiction controlled by a tightly connected mafia.  Cross the middle to go to the left, like Jesuits in Georgetown, and you are tolerated until Rome speaks.  Cross the middle to go to the right as a priest and you are suspended, transferred, removed, retired or even sent out of the country.

Many of the pastors of large parishes have been priest-secretaries to the archbishops or otherwise extremely loyal to whichever cardinal is in charge, despite the open-secret atrocities committed we now know about.  This will continue, even under a new archbishop in Washington, unless a massive housecleaning is accomplished, from the chancery on down.

The priest writer:

As one who was denied a job several years ago in the Archdiocese of Washington chancery (Deo gratias!), after successful interviews and high-level recommendations, explicitly as a result of a code of mafia-like trust that could not be counted on, this writer guarantees nothing will change until all levels of staff — priests and laymen — are, at best, re-examined or, at worst, removed.  Otherwise the mafia, with its secrecy and cover-ups, will simply continue under new leadership.


Tight ship, closed shop. Join the union of All Things Go, or forget about it.


Pope Francis meets with U.S. bishops as more leaders face allegations of harassment and cover-ups

What a softening head for this Wash Post piece in today’s Chi Trib, which should have read “Cardinal DiNardo blew it in 2010 in an abuse case and his fitness questioned to lead a probe” or something like it.

Indeed, in the 2nd paragraph we read that DiNardo was “himself accused this week of covering up the actions of an abusive priest in his archdiocese – prompting questions about DiNardo’s fitness to lead the reforms.”

And so goes the rest of the story, most of which that’s not background is about DiNardo.

Chi Trib, reasonably conservative in its (quite readable) editorials, is sometimes unreasonable in a sort of bland timidity in its news presentation, even as its news stories are thorough and often of the go-to variety.

via Chicago Tribune

How many states have launched their own probes of clergy sex abuse?

From Wash Post story in Chi Trib today, this ambiguous line:

States including Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York have now launched their own investigations.

“Including.” There are others who have launched etc.?

What Post trying to say is that these five states have launched etc. There are no others, so why “including”?

These are writers and complicit editors who doing a sentence are like the messy person who throws mud against a wall, trusting some will stick.

Sloppy, sloppy.