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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Sep 22, 2005

"To protect themselves from negative publicity or expensive lawsuits while keeping abusive priests active the cardinals and their aides hid the priests' crimes from parishioners, police and the general public," the prosecutor reported.

"Archdiocese leaders have endangered and harmed children in parishes and schools by keeping known abusers in ministry and transferring discovered abusers to assignments where parents and potential victims are unaware of the priests' sexual" behavior, the report continued.

And here's the really sad and scandalous thing. Unless you read today's story, you don't even know which US archdiocese they're talking about.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 23, 2005 11:07 AM ET USA

    altar boy: Indeed, let's keep praying for such a "special ops" cleansing of the stables. If it be Almighty God's will, may He give Pope Benedict XVI the grace to boldly & courageously do so. Saint Pio, pray for the Holy Father & for the Church.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2005 10:08 AM ET USA

    You are correct, sos. I didn't mean to imply that all bishops are involved. Many are, though, and some of those are highly placed and influential in the USCCB. And they can use that influence to block implementation of any changes coming out of the Vatican or the apostolic visitation. That's why these guys have to go. This cleansing of the Church, from the top down, ought to be conducted in military fashion, as a real "special ops."

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 22, 2005 9:32 PM ET USA

    I concur with you, Phil, and with most of what "altar boy" has blogged. We cannot, however, state that "any" diocese could be substituted for this story. Many, but not "any." I mean, there are dioceses now run by orthodox bishops (eg: Lincoln, Madison, Omaha, Denver, St. Louis, Baker...). Granted, there are many bishops involved in the scandal, but not all the bishops are in the lavendar mafia. Let's be realistic, but let's not lose hope. St. John Vianney, St. Charles Borromeo, pray for us.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2005 3:41 PM ET USA

    Gee, Phil, one could substitute any diocese’s name here and the story still works. That said, I think we can all agree that the bishops are the real culprits in this “sad and scandalous” affair. The Lavender Mafia is real and it extends to the highest levels of the Church in America. Know this, too: the seminary visitations won’t do a darn bit of good unless the Holy Father acts, and acts quickly, to rid the Church of these bishop-enablers.