Paul Mankowski, S.J.—What Went Wrong?
This is a listener-supported podcast! Thanks for your help!
“Deviant sexual assault has accomplished what liturgical abuse never could: it has generated secular media pressure and secular legal constraints so overwhelming that the apparat was forced to make its files public.”
Last week saw the sudden passing away of Fr. Paul Mankowski, a Jesuit of the Midwest province and a former contributor to CatholicCulture.org. For years, he spearheaded CatholicCulture.org’s old “Off the Record” column, writing under the pseudonym of Diogenes.
A brilliant priest who worked tirelessly for Catholic renewal, Fr. Mankowski was unfortunately stymied by his superiors. As Phil Lawler writes in his tribute to Fr. Mankowski: “When told that he could not write under his own name without censorship, he used pseudonyms. When told that he could not write under a pseudonym, he stopped. And so the Catholic world was denied what might have been a treasure-trove of lively and insightful prose. Do not be surprised if some memorable work now leaks out posthumously.”
Well, already we’re seeing more of Fr. Mankowski in the spotlight. Numerous tributes to him have cropped up, and a number of his essays have also been making the rounds on social media.
Among them is a piece that first appeared on CatholicCulture.org, and is still available in our Library—a 2003 address to the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, in which Fr. Mankowski presents an excellent analysis of how the Catholic clerical sexual abuse crisis occurred.
Fr. Mankowski’s analysis of “what went wrong” is, perhaps, more relevant now than ever.
Full text at CatholicCulture.org: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=5915
Donate at http://catholicculture.org/donate/audio to support this podcast!
Theme music: 2 Part Invention, composed by Mark Christopher Brandt, performed by Thomas Mirus. ©️2019 Heart of the Lion Publishing Co./BMI. All rights reserved.
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a current donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!