Saturday, March 5, 2016

PHIL LAWLER MAKES A GOOD POINT AND THE DOUBLE STANDARD OF MEDIA JUDGMENT AND UGLINESS DIRECTED ONLY AT ORTHODOX PRELATES! IT WAS ALSO USED AGAINST HIS HOLINESS, POPE BENEDICT XVI PRECISELY BECAUSE HE WAS ORTHODOX AND CLEAR IN HIS ORTHODOXY!



The calls for Pell's resignation show the double standard of media judgment

By Phil Lawler Mar 04, 2016

In four days of hostile questioning, an Australian investigating commission produced no evidence that Cardinal George Pell had covered up sexual abuse. Could he have been more diligent in following up on complaints? Absolutely; he admitted that himself. But among the many bishops who mishandled the sex-abuse problem, Cardinal Pell barely merits a mention. He may have been negligent, but he was not complicit.

Cardinal Pell did not knowingly transfer a abusive priest to new parish assignments, to keep him out of trouble. He did not lie to parents of molested children, telling them that their complaint was ludicrous. Sad to say, dozens of bishops have been demonstrably guilty of these greater offenses.

Yet in Australia, and now in Rome, there is a chorus of calls for Cardinal Pell's resignation. Why? Isn't it obvious to a dispassionate observer that liberal media mavens, who have despised Pell for years because of his rock-ribbed defense of Catholic orthodoxy, are pouncing on an opportunity to bring him down? The wisps of evidence of negligence on the part of Cardinal Pell are insignificant in comparison with the thick dossier of evidence against Cardinal Godfried Danneels. But there were few howls of outrage when that Belgian cardinal came out of retirement to play an active role in last year's Synod of Bishops. Why not? Because Cardinal Danneels has long been a darling of the liberal press? Is there any other plausible explanation?

Here in the US, the Oscar win for Spotlight has prompted a new round of calls for the head of Cardinal Bernard Law-- who is now 84 years old, living in quiet retirement in Rome. The investigative campaign launched by the Boston Globe drove Cardinal Law to retire in disgrace (and in this case there was ample evidence to justify the public anger against him). But in the months after the Globe prompted similar investigations all across the country, many other prominent prelates were exposed as guilty of the same sort of callous negligence and dishonesty. Where were the calls for the resignation of Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, or Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles?

I do not mean to suggest that Cardinal Law should not have stepped down. (For the record, I was among the first to suggest his resignation.) But to this day I find it hard to believe that, in the disastrous debacle that exposed the corruption of the American Catholic hierarchy, his was the only head to roll. What is the message here? That only conservative bishops will be held accountable?

7 comments:

gob said...

It would be so simple...so "fair and balanced" if "they" would just let you be the one to make these complex decisions.

Agnes said...

gob,

Perhaps you could consider writing a kind and thoughtful comment? It would be a nice change.

Anonymous said...

And yet, "The Open Secret" continues to be ignored. When will the outrage for this scandal be targeted by the career lawyers and activists? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Open_Secret

gob said...

Agnes, are you new in town? I'm the "loyal opposition" (some say "troll")...just doing my job. And everybody loves me for it.

Dialogue said...

Gob,

Who here has ever suggested that you're loyal to anything or anyone? What comment have you ever published here that provided a meaningful opposition? Are you familiar with classical logic and rhetoric?

Agnes said...

gob said...
Agnes, are you new in town? I'm the "loyal opposition" (some say "troll")...just doing my job. And everybody loves me for it.

Hardly, I've been reading Father's blog for a while. You consistently come across as an angry person in need of attention. Life is far too short to be living that way. Please know that you are in my prayers.

Jan said...

Well said, Agnes.