A modest proposal

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 23, 2004

Since bishops are now requiring criminal background checks on priests and parish volunteers (in all probability, effectively shutting down parts of the Hispanic apostolate because of the fears of illegal immigrants), why doesn't the laity come up with a scheme to do background checks on bishops?

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 24, 2004 12:51 AM ET USA

    Great proposal, Diogenes! I pray that some lay persons compose such a system and begin with a check on such Cardinals as McCarrick and Mahony, and such bishops as Trautman, Skylstad and Gregory. Let's get the information to the Holy Father, the Vatican and all the bishops so that they can start "cleaning the stables" of the episcopacy. Today.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 23, 2004 10:30 PM ET USA

    Amen Brother!!!!!!

  • Posted by: kmd - Aug. 23, 2004 9:58 PM ET USA

    Theoretically, every person employed or volunteering in each Diocese has had a background check done & appropriate action taken as a result. If that is true then every possible candidate for the Episcopacy has had a background check done. The question is: did every Bishop whose background check revealed items covered by the Dallas Policy suspend himself & request to be laicized? On the matter of Hispanic Ministries, that is quite an assumption made about the legal status of Hispanic Catholics.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 23, 2004 8:24 PM ET USA

    That really is a good idea - taking place before they become bishops and are still in contact with children in a parish. You could push the envelope and say that since they are in contact with children at Confirmation the check should go forward even after becoming a Bishop. Our Bishop resides at a residence that is ajacent to the cathedral school. He has as much contact as the janitor so why not the check?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 23, 2004 7:08 PM ET USA

    I always assumed that the Holy See did that before they were appointed. Although it is true you couldn't tell by looking.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 23, 2004 1:22 PM ET USA

    Well, one could just go to one of those public records sites and see what they've been busted with.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 23, 2004 10:59 AM ET USA

    My sentiments exactly!

  • Posted by: - Aug. 23, 2004 9:46 AM ET USA

    Diogenes, you are well named.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 23, 2004 9:16 AM ET USA

    And just who would they consult.It appears to me that to try to glean any information out of church sources would be a practical impossibility and unless the bishop is an admitted criminal and is on some public registry......What's the point?Wycliffe

  • Posted by: - Aug. 23, 2004 8:34 AM ET USA

    What a great idea!