Thursday, November 11, 2010
INSIGHTS AS TO WHY CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF THE PAST MADE SUCH DREADFUL DECISIONS WHICH LED TO THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF SCORES OF MALE CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS!
This is a brief excerpt of what the National Catholic Register, a conservative Catholic newspaper is saying about the possible election of Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson as the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Journalist warns against election of Bishop Kicanas as USCCB president
November 11, 2010
Tim Drake, senior writer for the National Catholic Register, is warning that the election of Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) would be a public relations disaster for the Church.
Bishop Kicanas is currently the conference’s vice president, and the vice president is typically elected president. The USCCB will elect a new president at its November 15-18 meeting; the ten candidates include Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore, Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit, and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver.
Bishop Kicanas’ election is a potential powder keg. In his story, “Sex Abuse Lurks Behind Catholic Election,” Chip Mitchell [of WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio] tells the horrific story of Father Daniel McCormack, who molested at least 23 boys. The story demonstrates that Bishop Kicanas, while rector of Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary, was aware of accusations of sexual misconduct against McCormack, but chose to ordain him anyway.
Asked about it, Bishop Kicanas essentially said that he would do it again.
“It would have been grossly unfair not to have ordained him,” Bishop Kicanas said shortly after being elected as vice president of the USCCB, in a quote that appears in the deposition of Cardinal Francis George. “There was a sense that his activity was part of the developmental process and that he had learned from the experience,” continued Bishop Kicanas. “I was more concerned about his drinking. We sent him to counseling for that.”
My comment: The cold, clinical, crassness of the bishop in the last paragraph above in a nutshell is the reason why we are in the crisis of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church that is comparable to attitudes about other rampant anomalies that existed in the Church at the time of the Protestant Reformation. The convoluted thinking of the bishop and his concern that the problem with the priest mentioned in the article was a "developmental" problem that led him to sexually abuse teenagers was less grave than his drinking problem which to Bishop Kicanas was of more concern. For these bishops of this mindset, therapy for the abuser is the cure, damn the victims and the would-be victims! It is outrageous, but this was the thinking of not a few bishops back in the 1970's and forward until 2002. Evidently the good bishop hasn't caught up with the times and if he is elected president of the USCCB, neither have the bishops who would vote for him. Just my opinion.