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By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 20, 2003

The Cincinnati media are reporting that the Archdiocese will plead guilty or no contest to criminal charges of failure to report a felony as part of a deal with the prosecutor's office:

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is expected to enter a plea to a criminal charge today as part of a deal that would end an investigation into clergy sexual abuse. The deal is the product of several days of settlement talks between church lawyers and Hamilton County prosecutors, who have spent nearly two years investigating the archdiocese's handling of abuse cases. The deal is believed to be the first in the country to require a diocese or a church official to plead to criminal charges related to the abuse crisis.

So you're wondering, if the Archdiocese has been in good faith in steadfastly maintaining its innocence, what consideration could possibly cause it to reverse itself and succumb to another Phoenix Capitulation?

The Cincinnati Post reported the Archdiocese will plead guilty to a single misdemeanor count in exchange for no prosecution of individual employees.

Interesting. Now which "individual employee" of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati would be likely to face prosecution for failure to report child abuse? And which "individual employee" of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati would have the authority to instruct the lawyers to cut a deal? If you answered the same person in both cases, you can only have fallen prey to a lamentable cynicism. We are an Easter People.

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  • Posted by: Phil - Nov. 21, 2003 11:22 AM ET USA

    Let's just keep tugging on this string a little bit, shall we, Diogenes? The prosecutors' case against the Cincinnati archdiocese, which was settled by this plea, stretched back to cover misdeeds in the 1970s. Is there any reason why it would be inconvenient to have prosecutors asking questions about someone who had a prominent position in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati during the 1970s?

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