Traditional Detroit Priest Categorically Denies Abuse Allegations

Accusation, says the archdiocese, is “credible, meaning it has a ‘semblance of truth.'” A mere semblance? Do most people understand “credible” that way?

Then this, #14 on list of 20 requirements, per Pope Francis?

The right to defense: the principle of natural and canon law of presumption of innocence must also be safeguarded until the guilt of the accused is proven.

Therefore, it is necessary to prevent the lists of the accused being published, even by the dioceses, before the preliminary investigation and the definitive condemnation.

“Definitive condemnation”

He man is 70, has been a thorn in the side of authorities (as a seminarian decades ago), takes a stand that post-Vatican 2 people often find annoying in the extreme.

I am reminded of the Chicago case of a year or so ago, in which Cardinal Cupich peremptorily removed a highly successful traditionalist priest before a judgment had been made by a panel convened in accord with Cupich’s wishes and banished him from the archdiocese after the panel found no cause to punish or penalize the priest.

Sloppy, to say the least, coming from a prelate who exudes efficiency from every pore.  The priest was Fr. Frank Phillips, of course, pastor of St. John Cantius parish.

Fulton Sheen’s cardinal in New York, Francis Spellman, persecuted him (and Sheen never complained). Archbishops do that sometimes, do they not?

via Traditional Detroit Priest Categorically Denies Abuse Allegations

Mum’s the word under new Wash. archbishop Gregory about whom McCarrick paid prelates (off?) from charity fund

Wilton G., once of Chicago, could make a major contribution to often-praised openness, but so far hasn’t.

WASHINGTON – More than one year after the announcement of allegations of sexual abuse against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Archdiocese of Washington has continued to refuse questions about McCarrick’s use of a personal charitable fund.

McCarrick funnelled hundreds of thousands of dollars through what was known as the Archbishop’s Fund, and reportedly made gifts to senior Vatican officials, even while the fund remained under the charitable auspices of the archdiocese.

Senior sources close to the Archdiocese of Washington have confirmed that archdiocesan records include the names of individuals, including senior Vatican figures, to whom McCarrick made payments from the fund.

But the Archdiocese of Washington has declined to disclose sources, sums, and uses of money, though it has acknowledged that the fund exists.

The archdiocese has also declined to comment on whether Archbishop Wilton Gregory will address accusations of financial misconduct by McCarrick, or publish the names of bishops who personally received gifts from the disgraced former archbishop.

Greatness knocks at Abp. Gregory’s door. Will he answer?

via No Answers from Washington Archdiocese About McCarrick’s Money

Ignorant Actress Compares Pence to Himmler

Untutored but vocal.

Years ago I spelled out Nazi as National Socialist to the surprise of a college-educated person who knew German.

Came as news.

Not as bad as the Himmler reference, but telling nonetheless.

via Actress Alyssa Milano Compares Mike Pence to Heinrich Himmler, Spotlighting a Growing & Dangerous American Ignorance