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The troubling rise of 'Msgr. CB'

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 30, 2011

Let’s suppose that in the town where you live, a mid-level manager at the largest local corporation was arrested. Let’s say that he was caught in a neighborhood known as a homosexual enclave, suspected by police of cruising for teenage boys—and that his defense was that he had been looking for adult companions.

To spice things up, let’s say that when the police flagged down this man, rather than stopping he led them on a high-speed chase, damaging other vehicles and endangering pedestrians. Then, when finally caught, he threw a few punches at the arresting officers, and told them they’d be sorry for bothering such an important person.

Do you think that mid-level manager would be likely to remain in the employ of that local corporation? If he did keep his job, would the incident harm his chances for promotion? Five years later, would you expect to find him in charge of the division in which he had been working? Not likely.

If the Vatican Secretariat of State has less demanding standards, that is troubling.


Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Don Vicente - Dec. 01, 2011 1:31 PM ET USA

    Yes, Msgr. C.B. is "innocent until proven guilty." Add another saying,this one from Ronald Reagan: "Trust but verify."

  • Posted by: dfp3234574 - Nov. 30, 2011 9:18 PM ET USA

    An interesting story, indeed ... But to be fair, a court cleared the guy. He claims he was driving home from a restaurant through the area, and he believed that the plain-clothed policemen were robbers. And we know that the media - and police - are not afraid to sensationalize things. ... ... His story is certainly 'possible.' Before making a judgment, I would want to know if there were any other 'curious' episodes in his history.