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By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 17, 2005

Albany Bishop Howard "2-point-4" Hubbard has decided not to defrock abuser priests.

A spokesman for the bishop actually said Tuesday that by not laicizing an abusive priest it actually keeps him subject to the church's authority -- otherwise he could just slip away and not be held responsible.

Quick grammar question: what's the word "otherwise" doing in that sentence? Don't they mean "so that"?

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 18, 2005 1:27 PM ET USA

    Whatever one may think of the 2.4 million spent on investigating the bishop, I believe that he is doing the right thing. He has chosen to ignore public opinion and keep a watchful eye on these men. Not only is he helping to prevent further abuse, but he is giving them an opportunity to spend their lives in penance. His solution ("prayer and penance"), while perhaps not satisfying in a worldly sense, is most definitely Catholic.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Aug. 18, 2005 12:30 PM ET USA

    This should make for interesting discussions among the people in the pews when the next diocesan appeal for funds for the retired priests is made. Perhaps like income tax returns, there should be a checkoff box for the abusive priests.

  • Posted by: opraem - Aug. 18, 2005 12:28 AM ET USA

    so much for the bishops' guidelines for the protection of children. actions like hubbard's will bring legislation and more court supervision of the us church. let's see if the term 'fraternal correction' is more than an oxymoron.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 17, 2005 1:20 PM ET USA

    Good catch, Diogenes. That, indeed, appears to be a grammatical error. Can we pray that Bp. Hubbard will soon be a "401-2 bishop" in the class of 2005? Saint Josemaria Escriva, pray for us.

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