$31,602 to go to meet our Challenge Grant, by December 1st. Your gift now will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Phoenix yet again

By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Jun 07, 2003

Today's Dallas Morning News has a particularly fine editorial on the situation in Phoenix, and the troubling constitutional implications of the deal cut by the county attorney with the Bishop. While maintaining that he has sufficient evidence to indict Bishop O'Brien for obstruction of justice, the county attorney elected, for the public good, to forego prosecution and sign an agreement with the bishop binding him and his successors to certain structural changes designed to take sexual abuse cases out of their hands. The civil authorities have asserted an unprecedented degree of control over internal Church matters.

The editorial is well crafted, its conclusion especially fine. It offers food for thought for everyone. My one reservation about it stems from my lack of conviction that anything in the Church has really changed since Dallas. If I were the county attorney, weighing the options of either signing this agreement or indicting the bishop, I think I might well say, "If we indict and convict him, they'll send another one just as bad and the problem will continue, quietly, under the surface."

What the bishops have wrought!! They'll never figure it out, of course -- in this life. But what a legacy they're passing on!

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($115,411 to go):
$150,000.00 $34,588.98
77% 23%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Putting Our Best Foot Forward 9 hours ago
Contentious Spirits, Beware! October 30
And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs October 29
How not to be persuasive October 29
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6