RICO on the horizon?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 29, 2004

The Springfield Republican is right: When he secured a grand-jury indictment of Bishop Dupre, then announced that he would not prosecute, district attorney William Bennett was sending an engraved invitation to prosecutors in other jurisdictions.

But there's more.

CWN reporters tell me they've been hearing rumors that the US Department of Justice is investigating Catholic bishops, with an eye to a RICO prosecution. RICO is the weapon of choice for a prosecutor going after organized-crime figures, and hoping to prove the existence of a criminal conspiracy. Such as, in this case, a conspiracy to engage in, or cover up, child abuse.

For a RICO prosecutor, crimes that cannot be punished by themselves, because the statute of limitations has expired, can still be used to show evidence of conspiracy.

'nuff said?

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 05, 2004 8:54 PM ET USA

    I smell indictments in the wind - and what happens here in Rogerworld? The original invisible one makes a big fuss over taking a month long sabattical?? Like who would miss him? If he roots down somewhere without an extradition treaty we will know for sure. The other weird way to look at his action is that he is visiting church communities (read voters) in Italy and Africa. You have to know his mind....he may be out there campaigning for Pope. He is that delusional believe me.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 05, 2004 7:06 PM ET USA

    I think the fix has been in for a long time. If you are going to have a schism in the US how do you get the partimony of the Church to go with you. You can't just take it the way the princes and kings of northern Europe did in the 1500's. So you get the (ever willing) secular courts to do it for you. And just to make sure you pack the episcopacy and the priesthood with sodomists. Then, in your leisure, pick the lowest hanging fruit that you see and wait for the rest to fall. Voila!

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Oct. 04, 2004 12:01 AM ET USA

    Jim E: Thanks for your comments. Please know that us younger clergy & the older clergy are with the Church, Magisterium & Holy Father. The majority of problems are rooted, in general, as you point out, among the many (but not all) priests/bishops ordained in the late 1960s, 1970s, 1980s. Let's keep challenging them to re-join the Church (or encourage them to have the moral integrity to leave). In the meantime, stay close to Jesus in the Eucharist, Penance. Remain hopeful, forbearing, faithful.

  • Posted by: Jim E - Oct. 03, 2004 1:56 PM ET USA

    LCP - Depair is not the issue, as stated by others, anger and contempt are the devil's temptations to so many of us. We will overcome his advances and God will direct all of us to true holiness. Candidly, I am very positive now, much more so than a few short years ago. We are speaking out and , occasionally, listening to each other so that God will have some disciples that will venture forth. Many of the current crop of senior clergy will never get the point. God will replace them in His time.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Oct. 02, 2004 4:11 PM ET USA

    John Plick: Note that there are good cardinals/bishops/priests taking a radical stand for Jesus & His Church (eg Bruskewitz, Burke, Morlino, Chaput...) Why orthodox bishops don't do so directly against schismatic bishops, I can't say for sure. I've spoken to good bishops & asked them to be more courageous, bold. (In my parishes, I teach from the Magisterium, Bible, Catechism, for this is Jesus' Church.) I pray the USCCB meets in a locked room soon; & no one leaves until all bad guys retire.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 01, 2004 7:21 PM ET USA

    Dear LCL. I appreciate your concern, but as far as the Church goes my chief temptations are NOT despair so much as disgust and anger. Why are "good" priests and bishops so unwilling to take RADICAL stands of contradiction with respect to their apostate "brothers?" And just WHAT are they afraid of??? Loss of status...? Property...? Room and board...:? Martin Luther sacraficed much more for much less... and he, although right on some points... was in error on others.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Oct. 01, 2004 12:13 AM ET USA

    Altar Boy: If there were (& there are) only a few good cardinals & bishops in the US (eg George, Bruskewitz, Curtis, Morlino, Chaput, Vasa, Burke, Hart), I would still say clean the stables, methodically, & replace the bad ones with orthodox bishops "willing to take a bullet" for the Holy Father & the Church. The "one bad apple" is poor philosophy, for what would you have done with the apostles vs. Judas Iscariot? Mahony, McCarrick et al who are obfuscating Truth need to repent or be removed.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 30, 2004 3:14 PM ET USA

    Principle not Pragmatism: Thanks. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. And please take a moment to read Romans 12:12.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 30, 2004 3:11 PM ET USA

    John J Plick: Let us recall the words of Jesus the Christ, and not give in to despair nor lose hope: "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven." (Matthew 16:18-19) Pope John Paul II is the successor of Saint Peter. Let us continue to pray for him.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 30, 2004 3:05 PM ET USA

    Gil: Thanks for joining in the prayer. Indeed, the Holy Father is not perfect (we can strive for perfection, by God's Grace, knowing that only Jesus and His Blessed Mother are perfect). Nonetheless, I would still say that Pope John Paul II is one of the greatest popes in the history of the Church. And my prayer, stated earlier, continues; and my prayers for him continue, especially that he continue to be strengthened by God to finish the work of his Pontificate.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 29, 2004 6:55 PM ET USA

    If the Pope will not purge the Church the right way..., the Devil will certainly try to purge it the wrong way... May God help us!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Sep. 29, 2004 6:29 PM ET USA

    Lowly Country, I join you in your daily prayer. One question: if the Lord chooses not to have the Pope "clean the stables of the episcopal ranks", will you still regard him as one of the greatest popes in history?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2004 5:08 PM ET USA

    LCP: What if there were only five left; would you still want to see JPII clean house? What if there were only four remaining? Or what if the righteous numbered only three? And if there were none worth saving, would you still pray earnestly? What of the theory that one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel? Shouldn’t the purging be a complete one? And what of the offending priests and the rectors of seminaries where this all began? How many Catholics would support that kind of “stable cleaning”?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2004 4:23 PM ET USA

    "Lowly country priest". I'm with you!

  • Posted by: Stonewall - Sep. 29, 2004 4:22 PM ET USA

    This will be a sad day for the Church. Once the Justice Department steps in that will be the end of a free and independent Catholic Church. Hence forth the Church will be subject to the empire.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 29, 2004 2:57 PM ET USA

    I pray every day that Pope John Paul II, one of the greatest popes in the history of the Church, will, as Almighty God allows him and gives him the strength to do, clean the stables of the episcopal ranks. We might be left with only 10 or 20 bishops/cardinals from the old ranks in the US that would be willing to "take a bullet" for the Holy Father, to be martyrs for Christ, but the new bishops would then be courageous successors to the apostles willing to be martyrs for Jesus and His Church.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2004 2:34 PM ET USA

    DISCLAIMER: I'm not defending Depraved Dupre. However, by convening a grand jury, announcing the indictments, and then failing to pursue a prosecution, DA Bennett essentially tried DD and produced a guilty verdict with any chance for a defense rebuttal. Ergo, I encourage DD to address this knavish attack and immediately demand a trial to prove his innocence! I trust you'll all join me in holding your breath until he does....

  • Posted by: - Sep. 29, 2004 1:57 PM ET USA

    Sounds like a great plan. Until the Pope cleans house we will have to support the pagan government's efforts to do so.