from all appearances
By Diogenes (articles ) | March 28, 2004 1:28 PM
Archbishop Buechlein assures us it's history:
"The complexity of the issue and scandal is very difficult to communicate," he says. "I think it is wrong that the general impression has been given that every diocese is like Boston, that all bishops are involved in a cover-up, that many priests are abusive
--which is simply not true --and that it's all going on now, when from all appearances it was 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago."
Q. The number of abusive priests that qualifies as "many" is
e. none of the above
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Posted by: John J Plick -
Mar. 28, 2004 9:29 PM ET USA
"The abuse in the Catholic Church also speaks of a 'spiritual and moral failure' in the larger, American society, according to the archbishop." It would appear that the tail is wagging the dog, protestants leading Catholics and the "sheep" leading the shepherds.
Posted by: -
Mar. 28, 2004 9:25 PM ET USA
I have experience with Archbishop Buechlein from when he was the Bishop of Memphis in the late-80s/early-90s. I personally witnessed him remove a highly destructive priest who was pushing acceptance of homsexuality in a very sensitive ministry. He did so, without waiting, after complaints against the priest by the laity. If he has any fault, it's that he has joined the confederacy of silence that allows the bishops who caused this problem to continue without reproach. But no fault otherwise...