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By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 30, 2004

From an October 2003 deposition of former Scranton Bishop James Timlin:

Bishop Timlin: You're not [angry]? OK. You sound angry but go ahead.

Mr. Bendell: I'm angry that a boy was molested and you don't seem to give a damn.

Bishop Timlin: Don't you dare say that to me. Don't you dare say that to me. Don't you dare say anything like that to me. I'll get very angry if you accuse me of something like that because that's not true. Never mind why it's not true, you said something and I said it's not true, and I'll not sit here and let you accuse me of saying something like that or doing something like that. How dare you say that. I don't care whether a boy was molested or not -- how could you come to a conclusion like that?

Never mind why it's not true.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 01, 2004 8:01 AM ET USA

    Sounds like Mr. Bendell hit a nerve.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Aug. 31, 2004 2:23 PM ET USA

    Verax is right. Don't some of the Hindu deities have more than 2 arms? Perfect for a Bishop to say "on the other hand,..."

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 31, 2004 1:43 PM ET USA

    Never mind why it's not true. Never mind, because it's history, anyway, according to Bishop Gregory. Never mind, because we have all been enlightened, Bishop Gregory said. Never mind, because we can't go through this again, we just can't, according to Bishop Dolan. etc.... But we are called to mind this and other serious matters... and we are called to have the mind and heart of Jesus Christ.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 30, 2004 11:55 PM ET USA

    Not only sad but tragic and demonic!Wycliffe

  • Posted by: Byzantine Latino - Aug. 30, 2004 8:56 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, given that this is not a copy of the actual deposition, there may be some faulty editing either by the paper or the court reporter. The last two sentences of Bishop Timlin's response could have been rendered this way: "How dare you say that I don't care whether a boy was molested or not--how could you come to a conclusion like that." Or this, "I don't care whether a boy was molested or not? How could you come to a conclusion like that?"

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Aug. 30, 2004 7:55 PM ET USA

    He doesn't care is a boy was abused but he becomes enraged when he is challenged about it. How do these men get ot be bishops. Something is radically wrong somewhere in the process that appoints bishops.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Aug. 30, 2004 6:40 PM ET USA

    But verax..., that is because we allow ( and have allowed ) them to be. And in fact..., we continue to allow them to be. JP

  • Posted by: - Aug. 30, 2004 11:27 AM ET USA

    Just who do such pompousities really think they are ? Msgr. Costigan once told me: "When they become bishops, they cease to be priests, they cease to be human beings. They become Hindu divinities."

  • Posted by: - Aug. 30, 2004 9:13 AM ET USA


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