Oh ... that Bishop Dupre!
The resignation of the former bishop a year ago amid allegations of sexual abuse was conspicuously absent from the second straight positive annual audit of the Springfield Diocese's implementation of the U.S. bishops policy to prevent clergy sexual abuse.
A three-page report on the audit of the Springfield Diocese released yesterday made no mention of the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre, who 15 months earlier held a press conference to announce the positive results of the first audit.
Suppose a high-ranking officer in the British Secret Service (MI-6) reported in 1965 that he had performed background checks on MI-6 agents and found no serious problems with security. Suppose further that his predecessor -- one Harold "Kim" Philby -- had made precisely the same claim in 1963. When you ask for Philby's whereabouts you're told that he defected to the Soviet Union just before exposure as a KGB mole.
If the 1965 assessor had failed even to mention Philby, wouldn't it make you feel ... a little funny inside?
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Posted by: Fr. William -
Feb. 24, 2005 3:54 PM ET USA
Might we pray for the conversion of some bishops/cardinals... such as Dupre, Lynch, Trautman, Gregory, Skylstad, Mahony, McCarrick... or at least that they would "retire due to health reasons" & cease their war against the Church... or that the Holy See simply remove them... And let's pray for dioceses to have strong & holy shepherds.... men who will have The Shepherd's heart, who will truly be the successors to the apostles that God has called them to be for His Church.
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Feb. 23, 2005 10:54 AM ET USA
Bishop Wilton Gregory doesn't return my calls.
Posted by: Gil125 -
Feb. 20, 2005 6:20 PM ET USA
Yes, but we expect the truth from government agencies.