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the learning curve, cont.

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 06, 2006

A priest takes adolescent boys skinny-dipping? Inappropriate.

A priest is dating a teenage girl in his parish? Bad judgment.

These priests are good men. But let's transfer them to new parishes, just the same.

If they're good men, and they did nothing wrong, why transfer them? Bishop Joseph Imesch replies:

It was not considered a crime or a criminal activity so there was no reason for me not to transfer him.

Right. It wasn't a crime... check that; it wasn't considered a crime, so the priest should be all set for another assignment as a pastor of souls:

The bishop's attorney thinks it's outrageous that a judge has unsealed his client's testimony

"This could have a chilling effect on those who want to write the bishop. This is being done for embarrassment," he said.

It's true, publication of this testimony has embarrassed the bishop. But where does the "chilling effect" come into the picture? Concerned lay Catholics wouldn't be frightened to tell their shepherd about their concerns? But they might very well conclude that, if he doesn't get the picture by now, there's no point in wasting another postage stamp.

Footnote: This testimony by Bishop Imesch was given in August 2005, more than 3 years after the president of the US bishops' conference announced that "we have been enlightened."

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 12, 2006 12:19 AM ET USA


  • Posted by: benedictusoblatus - Feb. 07, 2006 10:50 AM ET USA

    God allows all these things to happen for the good of souls. Eventually the religious life will no longer appeal to perverts and bureaucrats and other hangers-on who have sucked the life out of it. It may take another 20 or 40 years. It may take a general persecution. It may take the courts ordering the confiscation of enough real and fungible property to leave the American Catholic church operating out of hotel ballrooms. Whatever it takes, God will bring some good from this crisis.

  • Posted by: Ross Dee - Feb. 07, 2006 12:16 AM ET USA

    I am beginning to think that the Bishops of the USA think that the devil does not exist. The only "chilling effect", that the unsealing of the Bishop's testimony is, where on earth is this Bishop's head, heart, and Soul? I still, for the life of me, cannot understand the stupidity and the blatant lies perpetrated by these Bishops. I am inclined to believe, that every Bishop that gives these stupid answers , or no answers, were and are not in union with the Holy Father. They are renegades.

  • Posted by: Zoromyster - Feb. 06, 2006 7:33 PM ET USA

    "The bishop's attorney thinks it's outrageous that a judge has unsealed his client's testimony" You think this bishops attorney is upset. Wait 'til Roger Mahoney's battery of attorneys (a dozen or so at last count) are forced to unzip the records of his naughty boys.

  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Feb. 06, 2006 5:49 PM ET USA

    i know the church is not a democracy nor do i want it to be one - at least i don't think so...but i'd love, just once, to vote the lousy bums out. it is unspeakable what the lavender mafia has done to the Holy Church. Keep the faith! Pray for holy priests. Pray for our souls.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 06, 2006 4:48 PM ET USA

    Aaaargh! I've had it with pusillanimous bishops who don't have the courage of their convictions (or convictions, period...) to fulfill the responsibilities of their office. I'm sick and tired of excuses like: "The therapists said it was okay..." and "It was not a crime...", being weakly offered as excuses for not acting as shepherds. Sin doesn't have to be a 'crime' in Caesar's realm. It merely has to be, and is, a crime in God's realm, your excellencies!

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