Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The church: trading short term gain for long term loss

Cardinal Law is dead at 86:
Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose years of shielding sexually abusive priests caused a generation of pain, has died at the age of 86, the Vatican said. 
Law served as arch­bishop of Boston from 1984 until his resignation on Dec. 13, 2002, after church documents revealed he was deeply involved in the shielding and moving of priests who had been accused of sexually abusing children — stunning Catholics and community leaders who had known him as a relatively progressive archbishop deeply concerned about racial issues, youth issues and outreach to Cuba, while also a doctrinal church loyalist.
What, you might ask yourself, was so important a problem that it convinced him to shuffle priests like Father Stanley from parish to parish?  It was the shortage of priests.

And so to keep one more (or a few more) parishes open and covered by a priest, (then) Archbishop Law turned a blind eye to the predators attacking our children.  Short term gain, right there.

The long term loss, of course, if the massive loss of trust (dare we say loss of faith) in the Church?  I don't believe that the Catholic Church in general and the Archdiocese of Boston in particular have regained that trust.  It didn't help by having the Vatican give asylum to Cardinal Law for these 15 years.

What a monumental, tragic miscalculation.  While I hesitate to speak ill of the dead, this is indeed his epitaph.


UK Houston said...

"What a monumental, tragic miscalculation."

Well, a calculation, certainly. As zealous and out-there as Ann Barnhardt is, she has the number of these guys much more so than those who still look for humane and, yes, Christian motivations behind what they do.

LSP said...

I didn't really follow the Law story but it sure doesn't look good. Let's pray the church sorts this nonsense out sooner rather than later... purging rainbow riding in the seminaries would be a start...

McChuck said...

"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea."