More and more comes out to the public about just how hard the Catholic Church has worked to protect itself and its assets from the consequences of their own behavior.
I believe in a world in which we should be good to one another, and try our damnedest to right wrongs where we see them. Seems like simple statements that we can largely agree upon. But in this Church, those who covered scandal remain in power. Even when that scandal was the rape of children. So when a Cardinal of the Catholic Church turns out to have been lying, and lying, and lying about his role in such a scandal, shouldn’t he, at the least, be fired?
When Cardinal Dolan, the current archbishop of New York, was the archbishop of Milwaukee in 2007, he wrote a letter to the Vatican explaining that he moved $57 million into a cemetery trust fund for ” improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.” He has said countless times he didn’t do that. Here’s a letter he wrote to the Vatican saying he did.
He might belong in prison, but at the least he should not keep his job.
“Cardinal Dolan has been regarded by many Catholics as part of the solution. In public appearances, he has expressed personal outrage at the harm done to children, apologized profusely and pledged to help the church and the victims heal.
But the documents lift the curtain on his role as a workaday church functionary concerned with safeguarding assets, persuading abusive priests to leave voluntarily in exchange for continued stipends and benefits, and complying with Rome’s sluggish canonical procedures for dismissing uncooperative priests who he had long concluded were remorseless and a serious risk to children. In one case, the Vatican took five years to remove a convicted sex offender from the priesthood.”
Curious that it took only 5 weeks to approve the transfer of $50 million, but somehow they managed to take 5 years to remove a rapist from the priesthood.
It seems that in a church which sees in its order the work of God, these acts would not be allowed. And yet, no matter what revelations come forth, leaders remain in positions of power, firm in their foundation that God has imbued them with the power they have wielded.