Friday, April 23, 2010

It Never Ends

Is anyone even shocked anymore? I can't say I am:

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, has escalated his defense of a policy that protected priests from prosecution for sexual abuse. Meanwhile the National Catholic Reporter has unearthed evidence that Cardinal Castrillon pressured an American bishop to halt disciplinary proceedings against a notorious abuser.

In an April 22 radio interview, Cardinal Castrillon said that he did not regret writing in 2001 to congratulate a French bishop for not informing police about an abusive priest. He said that for a bishop to inform on a priest would be like a father testifying in court against a child. "Why would they ask that of the Church?" he said. [ protect real children].

The Colombian cardinal, who has in the past charged that sex-abuse allegations have been exaggerated by the media, now implied that the victims' pursuit of financial damages had influenced the justice system. He said that bishops who defended accused priests were ensuring that "they were not, due to economic reasons, treated like criminal pedophiles without due process."

Cardinal Castrillon again invoked the authority of the late Pope John Paul II in defense of his attitude, saying "John Paul II, that holy Pope, was not wrong" to defend accused priests. He also said that then-Cardinal Ratzinger was present at a meeting at which the 2001 case in France was discussed, although he did not reveal what position Cardinal Ratzinger took at that meeting. Shortly after Cardinal Castrillon wrote his letter, Cardinal Ratzinger persuaded Pope John Paul II to assign supervision of all abuse cases to his Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In a related story, the National Catholic Reporter found that Cardinal Castrillon, during his tenure as prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, had urged Bishop Manuel Moreno of Tucson, Arizona, to back away from his plan to suspend a notorious abuser, Father Robert Trupia. Trupia, a trained canon lawyer, had threatened an action for damages against Bishop Moreno if he was stripped of his priestly faculties. Throwing his support behind the accused abuser, Cardinal Castrillon directed Bishop Moreno to reach a mutually amicable settlement with Trupia.

During a long correspondence with Bishop Moreno about his status, Trupia had engaged in implicit blackmail, threatening to disclose his homosexual relationship with a deceased bishop.

He isn't playing the "seal of confession" card anymore, because it has become quite clear that the bishop had other channels of information (including the child's mother). But he still thinks he can use people's (waning) love of John Paul to cloak this all, as if "John Paul said it, and you're not going to question him, are you?" Pathetic.

And this Trupia case sounds really messed up. Blackmail, homosexual relations, child abuse, Vatican pressure to cover up, etc. A prototypical case.

I think I've spoken before about bishops keeping abusive priests because of mutual blackmail. Here is just one concrete example. I am certain many more cases worked like this.

It's looking more and more like this salaried celibate clerical bureaucracy was just the front for a centuries-long secret orgy party, funded by a guilt-tripped and naive laity who kept their "eyes wide shut".

We need volunteer married priests (and the feminine oversight of their wives) now.

1 comment:

cor ad cor loquitur said...

And this is the Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos who ponced around London's Westminster Cathedral in cappa magna. The Latin Mass society wrote that

As befits a Prince of the Church, Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos will be welcomed at the Cathedral west door in full cappa magna before processing to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel to pray; he will then vest in the sanctuary whilst the Cathedral choir sings. Pontifical High Mass will then be celebrated at the High Altar with all the breathtaking ceremony and music integral to the Traditional Rite.

And our local trads, especially the screechy and bombastic Damian Thompson, said things like this:

Westminster liberals will regard this event with the horror that “Bishop” Richard Williamson would reserve for a performance of The Sound of Music in the sanctuary of St Nicolas du Chardonnet. Too bad.
.... My advice to Tabletistas: don’t mess with the man in the cappa magna.

Good advice, but perhaps for a different reason than originally given...