Sure you can audit. Just don't ask questions.
No Catholic bishops are behind bars in New Hampshire-- yet. That's largely because of an agreement struck with the state's attorney general in December 2002, in which the bishops essentially admitted guilt, and agreed to regular "full and fair" audits for the next several years.
But when he asked to see all the diocesan records, the attorney general couldn't possibly have meant that he... wanted access to all the diocesan records. That's the position currently advanced by Church officials in New Hampshire.
That pesky attorney general replies that yes, actually, he does want to see all the diocesan records. And if there are Church/state issues here, it's funny that the bishop didn't think about them back in 2002, when he made the deal.
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Posted by: RC -
Sep. 28, 2004 6:47 PM ET USA
According to the Globe article, the dispute isn't about access to records but rather the AG's wish to include volunteers and parishioners in general in the audit and have them fill out questionnaires. That's an understandable dispute.
Posted by: Stonewall -
Sep. 27, 2004 6:32 PM ET USA
We need to cut Bishop McCormack a little slack here. As anyone that has ever heard one of the Bishop's sermons can tell he is way out in left field somewhere and hasn't the least idea of what is going on. In fact he may not even know that he is Catholic.