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From the House of Skylstad

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jun 09, 2006

(my emphasis):

SPOKANE, Wash. – Catholic Bishop William Skylstad said Thursday that his own investigation found no evidence to support a woman's claim that he sexually abused her 40 years ago.


"There was nothing in any way that came up with any evidence about the veracity of the claim," Skylstad said, adding that he could not elaborate.


Glad we got THAT cleared up.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 12, 2006 9:56 AM ET USA

    In 40 years, a company with a great product lost 2/3 of its customers, and 2/3 of what remained were disloyal to their brand. Disgraceful might be an inappropriate word, but incompetent surely isn't. Informed investors might be looking for a change in management. I've read that at the height of the Arian heresy there were only two orthodox bishops in the whole Church, the Pope and an old man in France. Then it all changed. A former Arian even became Pope. Pope and Hope rhyme and go together.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jun. 10, 2006 7:19 PM ET USA

    fisherman. Point well taken...and all must avoid falling into the sin of detraction or making rash judgments. That said, comments like this one by Bp Skylstad could be left alone exept to allow us to upload audio clips of ourselves either laughing or crying...in that way this board is therapheutic to those witnessing the craziness in the Church!

  • Posted by: Hammer of Heretics - Jun. 10, 2006 11:37 AM ET USA

    Yes, Catholicity, that is Sylstad's iron-clad alibi--no one will ever believe that a member of the Catholic clergy abused a female. At least he didn't say "I couldn't be guilty because I'm gay!"

  • Posted by: fisherman129 - Jun. 10, 2006 11:27 AM ET USA

    How sad that so many speak about our bishops with such negative comments. In following in the footsteps of Jesus I believe we need more respect... and must speak out of love and not out of hatred or fear. What do such negative comments achieve? Who listens to them except the usual cadre who make them.

  • Posted by: Sir William - Jun. 10, 2006 11:16 AM ET USA

    '"The road to hell is paved with the skulls of Bishops." Dante, I think.' St John Chrysostom's to whom it is credited, along with these variations: "The road to hell is paved with the skulls of priests, and bishops are the sign posts." or "The floor of hell is littered with the skulls of bishops." I've yet to find the source, but lately it seems quite fitting. Since bishops' scandals broke, Skylstad's credibility is dubious like Clinton's "I did not have sex... with that woman

  • Posted by: - Jun. 10, 2006 8:41 AM ET USA

    It does seem like a joke doesn't it? But all the Bishop said is that there is no objective or third party evidence to convict me. And yet, his limited statement has already convicted hiim. Innocence would have required either silence or a public, denial. It is not unjust to assert that most U.S. Bishops of the last 30 years (from the '60s + seminaries) are a disgrace. So too are we lay people who have tolerated them and abetted their conduct, so often mirorred in our own sinful ways.

  • Posted by: Meg Q - Jun. 10, 2006 1:08 AM ET USA

    If he was really, really, really, really innocent, wouldn't he just say "There was nothing to prove the truth of the claim"? I always become very suspicious of people who have to say several times in the same sentence (in this case, *four* times!) and with latinate words what could be said, simply, once. Of course, perhaps having to cover for brother bishops at the USCCB and his own priests at his diocese has linguistically sent him round the bend?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Jun. 09, 2006 8:30 PM ET USA

    "The road to hell is paved with the skulls of Bishops." Dante, I think.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Jun. 09, 2006 6:19 PM ET USA

    Yes, and along with the ridiculous aspect that he's investigating himself is the wiggle-room lawyer-language used: "came up with any evidence."

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 09, 2006 5:27 PM ET USA

    This reminds me of the "Big Julie" scene in the great musical Guys & Dolls. Big Julie muscles his way into the game of chance, uses his own dice and won't let anybody see how they fall. Incredibly, he wins every roll!

  • Posted by: Quadratus - Jun. 09, 2006 5:19 PM ET USA

    Ego me absolvo,

  • Posted by: - Jun. 09, 2006 4:39 PM ET USA

    Any priest or layperson who is accused and the accusation is credible is suspended right away from ministry or employment in the church. But in the same circumstances, a bishop is not suspended. Wait a second, who wrote these rules??? Oh, you're right it was the bishops......so the fix is still in. I believe this is true because I heard Raymond Arroyo say it. Tell me it aint so, Roger.

  • Posted by: major - Jun. 09, 2006 3:22 PM ET USA

    Has anyone checked to see if he has taken his medicine lately?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 09, 2006 1:37 PM ET USA

    This is a joke , right? It has to be a joke. Nobody over the age of 3 would even consider making such an inane statement. No less thinking that he could get away with it. The question echoes down through time: "What is Truth?" Time itself responds: "HE is the Way, the Truth and the Life."

  • Posted by: Catholicity - Jun. 09, 2006 11:31 AM ET USA

    "Bless me father for I have sinned. I can't remember when my last confession was. It might have been last week, maybe fourty years ago. Can't remember. You now how quickly memory fades. But since that time, I may or may not have sexually abused a woman. Yes, a WOMAN. I know, I know, funny that. But there's no evidence, you see. So I must not have done it. Other than that, I can't elaborate...." ...through the ministry of the Church, I absolve you of your possible sins...

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