the flaw in Anderson's logic
In his lawsuit blaming the Vatican for abuse in Milwaukee, Jeffrey Anderson argues that the Holy See carefully controls every aspect of Catholic life, right down to the parish level. The Vatican, he claims, implicitly approves of everything that is done by a bishop, pastor, or priest.
It won't wash. You can't possibly prove that the Vatican approved of everything that was happening in Milwaukee at the time in question. At that time, Rembert Weakland was Archbishop of Milwaukee.
I rest my case.
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Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 -
Apr. 28, 2010 10:24 AM ET USA
I agree with Diogenes. The difference is between "should control" and "actually does control." As the woefully weak administrative abilities of the late Pope John Paul II have proven, the Vatican absolutely did not in fact control Catholic life down to the parish level because routinely Vatican documents were ignored by bishops' conferences, individual bishops, parish priests, lay faithful. For all of his undoubtedly tremendous teaching ability, JPII was a weak governor of the Church.
Posted by: Minnesota Mary -
Apr. 23, 2010 6:37 PM ET USA
No, but the Vatican kept Rembert Weakland in place as Archbishop of Milwaukee knowing that there were many other complaints about him and his unorthodoxy. Other bishops like him were left in place also, much to the consternation of many faithful Catholics. Surely Cardinal Ratzinger, who is said to have read "The Wanderer" every week, had to know what was going on. There were a lot of red flags that were ignored.
Posted by: parochus -
Apr. 23, 2010 5:19 PM ET USA
I'm sure that the Vatican sent over the program for this: http://www.youtube.com/user/RECongress#p/a/u/2/dO1iLNdQHaY
Posted by: tim.moore1408 -
Apr. 23, 2010 5:14 PM ET USA
The sad part is that we won't get to see the fireworks that one would generate; the attorneys representing the Church have too much class for that.