Saturday, April 17, 2010

Give Us This Day Our Daily Circus

It is apparently being reported that Msgr. Gruber was pressured to take the fall for the Pope in the Munich case. Duh, that's an obvious story. Did anyone seriously not think that was a possibility at the time? Whether it's true or not remains to be seen, but it would certainly make sense. We'll see, but pressuring a guy to lie or at least skew the truth...would be just pure decadent corruption.

A Filipino Cardinal has admitted that many priests do not follow celibacy after a priest was found dead in his underwear in a motel. He also said (and I'd like to see what the original language said because this sounds like an awkward translation) "the Church is doing everything it can to address celibacy." Ha. I don't know if that's what he meant, but the way that's phrased is like admitting that it's a problem that needs to be dealt with (and it could with a simple one-page document!)

And Hoyos had a press conference saying that JPII approved his letter "congratulating" that French bishop for aiding and abetting a child molester, and encouraged him to send it to all the bishops of the world in support of their justly jailed brother.

Apparently he's saying the molestation was learned of in confession, so the bishop couldn't report him, and the congratulations were for not breaking the seal. Fair enough, if that made any sense. But that's not what the letter said, and somehow this all came out later, during the trial and such, so something isn't quite clicking for me. If he learned of it only through confession, how would the authorities ever even know that he knew? If this is an issue of the seal, how is it being so openly discussed now? Update: Apparently this claim was just a lie: "
The bishop acknowledged he knew about the allegations from the mother of one of the victims, so it was not a case of secret of confession." Though Hoyos claimed this in his news conference (saying that the priest later admitted it in private conversation...). Meaning he either outright lied, or there is some serious confusion going on here.

Get more popcorn people, this is going to be a long show. But, at the end of it all, married priests and strong, competent, courageous administrators. Just pray the liturgy gets better rather than worse as a part of it.

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