Archbishop Flynn wrote
a column two week ago on recent news on how wide spread
sexual abuse is in public schools and the fact that abuse is declining
withing the Church but increasing within schools.
This week the Archbishop responds to an
angry reply to his column in which he prints in full and then answers.
The letter writer’s main contention is that the Archbishop
was changing from “Mistakes were made.” Now it’s, “Everyone does it.” I
think the letter writer was wrong in this categorization of the
Bishop’s letter since that was not the point of it and that he was
saying their is a broader crisis that is mostly being ignored by the
government and the media.
On the other hand I think the Archbishop also does not answer some of
the valid points made by the writer and keeps everything on a very
focused reply. For example priestly abuse is worse than teacher abuse
on many levels and can’t be simply equated as in the Archbishop’s
replay. He also ignored answering the question on what should
happen to Bishops who have been involved in a game of musical
chairs with priests suspected of abuse and only talked about it in the
context of the public education system.
He seems to miss what so outrages many. It is not just abuse
which is a horrible evil on it own, but the fact that the problems
could have been nipped in the bud and prevented from getting worse.
People can accept that their are sick individual that do
horrible things – it is when that evil is swept under the rug by those
responsible that it really angers people. Though it isn’t just
Archbishop Flynn who doesn’t seem to understand this. It is
evident that the majority of the USSCB does not get it.
The new vice-president of the US bishops’ conference likely next
president is Bishop Gerald Kicanas. As Diogenes posted:
So where does Bishop Kicanas stand on
the all-consuming issue of sexual abuse? The Chicago Sun-Times caught
up with man who was once seminary rector there, to ask him a few
questions about the case of Father Daniel McCormack. It turns out, you
see, that Kicanas was aware of three different incidents involving
sexual impropriety by McCormack prior to his ordination. Did he
therefore blow the whistle, and hustle the young man out of the
seminary? Guess again.
“There was a sense that his activity was
part of the developmental process and that he had learned from the
experience,” Kicanas said. “I was more concerned about his drinking. We
sent him to counseling for that.”
Drinking can be a problem, certainly. Especially if it’s not part of a
Just in case you’ve missed the headlines, McCormack is now in prison,
serving a term for 5 counts of sexual molestation of young boys. But
now, looking back from the post-Dallas perspective, surely Bishop
Kicanas has second thoughts, right? Wrong.
“I don’t think there was anything I
could have done differently,” Kicanas said.
They still don’t get it.
Gerald reports on the case of a pastor
in Oakland who was arrested in 1999 for a lewd act in a men’s bathroom
– but it’s okay since it wasconsensual and didn’t involve a minor.