Top Ten Cardinal Sins
Cardinal Bertone, Cardinal Castrillon, Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Finn, Cardinal Law, Cardinal Rigali, LA’s Cardinal Mahony, Cardinal Levada, Once Cardinal Ratzinger, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua
(From: Roy Bourgeois: They finally got him
Tom Roberts | Nov. 20, 2012 NCR Today)
“The Cardinals Who Nearly Destroyed the Church
The point to be made, now that Bourgeois is out, is an obvious one. There are cardinals who have had as much to do as any individual might with the near destruction of once grand Catholic communities in places like Boston and Philadelphia, who have been permitted to remain priests and go quietly into retirement.
Not a word has been said by Rome or by his successors about Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua who had a large space in Philadelphia’s chancery office that was filled with files recounting sexual abuse of children.
Bevilacqua oversaw priests who were involved in nothing short of sexual torture of youngsters. And he hid their deeds until the statutes of limitation kicked in and the priests could no longer be prosecuted. They would retire, and he would escape the law and any Vatican sanction until he could retire.
His successor, Cardinal Justin Rigali, ignored the charter that the bishops themselves had been forced to construct in the course of the scandal. He violated the church’s rules and likely violated civil law by not reporting alleged abusers. And off he quietly went, as a middle manager in the chancery office headed to jail.
Cardinal Bernard Law, everyone knows, had to leave Boston because of the enormous public pressure and the outrage of his priests, but he took a cushy job in Rome and retained his seats on at least six powerful Vatican congregations, including the Congregation for Bishops, until he was allowed to quietly retire.
In Kansas City, Mo., Bishop Robert Finn, convicted in September of one count of failing to notify police that one of his priests had taken hundreds of lewd photographs of children, is still a bishop.
Finn recently attended a national meeting of bishops, and not one of them publicly raised the issue. The body of bishops, which has repeatedly apologized for unspecified “mistakes” in the handling of the abuse crisis and repeatedly promised transparency and accountability, couldn’t bring itself to mention the glaring contradiction and hypocrisy in its midst.
Not a word from the Vatican. Not a word from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the conference. All were silent. And not a word from Finn about the damage and expense he has already cost the diocese.
What’s glaringly clear is what’s tolerable and what’s not tolerable to the all-male, celibate culture of hierarchy.”
From the National Catholic Reporter