fire him-- and give him a gold watch
After Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Cloyne's Bishop John Magee, who had thoroughly botched the handling of sex-abuse complaints, Cardinal Sean Brady, the Primate of All Ireland, issued a statement, which is herewith reproduced in its entirety.
“I wish to acknowledge the long and varied ministry of Bishop John Magee in the Church. I thank him for his contribution to the work of the Irish Bishops’ Conference over the past twenty years, particularly in the area of liturgy. I assure him of my prayers at this time and wish him good health in his retirement.
“However, foremost in my thoughts in these days are those who have suffered abuse by clergy and those who feel angry and let down by the often inadequate response of leaders in the Church.”
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Posted by: amjpagano7936 -
Mar. 26, 2010 8:46 AM ET USA
What interests me most about the above statement is this sentence: "I thank him for his contribution to the work of the Irish Bishops’ Conference over the past twenty years, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA OF LITURGY." What did this bishop do there--does anyone know?
Posted by: I am Canadian! -
Mar. 26, 2010 1:49 AM ET USA
Why is parochus' comment allowed? There should be no place to advocate murder on this site, regardless how hideous the crime. This is the mentality of the crowd who demanded Jesus executed and while necessary for our salvation was a great miscarriage of justice. Something we never, ever want to repeat. Remember that this next week coming up.
Posted by: Gil125 -
Mar. 25, 2010 10:00 PM ET USA
Anent your headline re the gold watch: we should not forget that when Cardinal Law finally resigned because of the pesthole over which he presided in Boston, he was taken to Rome as archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, given a palazzo across the street, and (presumably) the stipend that goes with the job. It was reported at the time that his predecessor made $400,000 per annum. John Paul the Great was Pope at the time and Joseph Ratzinger was prefect of the C. D. F..
Posted by: parochus -
Mar. 25, 2010 6:37 PM ET USA
Putting his head on a spike in front of St. Peter's would send a message.
Posted by: howland5905 -
Mar. 25, 2010 6:13 PM ET USA
To what extent can the Pope or other authorities in the Church discipline bishops? It's my understanding that there are significant limits. It would be interesting to read something on the issue. Does anyone know of a good discussion of the subject?