Open-and-shut case

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 04, 2005

"He is a liar."

Those are strong words, harsh words-- especially when applied to a Catholic archbishop.

But if you read the documents unearthed by the WCPO TV investigative team in Cincinnati, you'll have trouble finding any other words to apply to Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk.

The documents tell the story; no inferences are necessary. It's all there. Only one interesting question remains unanswered:

Why hasn't the archbishop been prosecuted?

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  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Feb. 07, 2005 8:52 AM ET USA

    thanks Diogenes. This was a revealing and telling story. Sometime ago (a year?) you mentioned in this forum that when Catholic bishops in England were faced with joining King Henry's church or death, all but one chose Anglicanism. Somehow, nothing has changed. I was overwhelmed by this fact. I'd like to learn more about this. Any suggestions? Many thanks! Tom

  • Posted by: a son of Mary - Feb. 07, 2005 8:41 AM ET USA

    why have so many bishops protected these people? was it ego? are they fellow travellers? does their hubris prevent them from protecting the Body of Christ? is it a conspiracy? we need to cleanse the church of those who have sold their souls to evil and those who ignore or protect those who do. if we lose x % of priests, so be it, it is the will of Our Lord. If we cannot staff our churches, then perhaps this also God's will. Perhaps we will return to the fundamentals of faith. Pray 4 priests

  • Posted by: - Feb. 06, 2005 11:23 PM ET USA

    "GRACE BEFORE CORRECTING A PRELATE" Protect us O Lord from these thy Bishops who so willingly do deceive by Thy justice protect us from further scandal Amen

  • Posted by: opraem - Feb. 05, 2005 3:52 PM ET USA

    sad to say, rome won't do anything either. and many people will continue to be scandalized that Christ's church in america has become a hothouse for serial child rape.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 05, 2005 3:01 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, I hope your cannibals don't forget grace before meals.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 05, 2005 11:22 AM ET USA

    Wow! Talk about a bizarre coincidence - take a look at this: Two David J. Kelleys on opposite sides of the same crime in the same town. I wonder if their middle names (not just initials) match.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 05, 2005 10:01 AM ET USA

    Q - "Why hasn't the archbishop been prosecuted?" A - 'Cause if he ends up in the slammer, it's harder for the tort lawyers to avoid giving the impression that it's the laity who end up footing the bill. Getting justice, well, ... that's ok, but gold is so much better. Observe - there's no mention of anyone trying to get Kelley extradited, and his pockets aren't deep enough to bother actually pressing lawsuits.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 05, 2005 8:45 AM ET USA

    Pat --the evidence against Abp Pilarczyk is overwhelming not only as contained by the WCPO piece but by his actions over the years as a bishop. There is sufficient evidence against him to merit an indictment which is precisely what "Uncle Di'" is saying. He should at least be hauled to Rome to be stripped of his mitre. One who suspected his child was being sexually abused would be negligient to wait until he actually witnessed the abuse. The faithful must be protected from further abuse.

  • Posted by: The OX - Feb. 05, 2005 7:13 AM ET USA

    Abp. Pilarczyk can not be trusted. When he tried to justify his COVER UPS at a U of Dayton 1 of 7 (THE WOUNDED BODY OF CHRIST Sexual Abuse in the Church) Series I told him that his Flock could not trust him. He is immune to his problem. I do wonder if his problem dates back to his COVER UPS for Cardinal Bernardin ? Please pray that Judge Michael Merz a newly appointed member of the USCCB NRB and member of Pilarczyk's Diocese will tackle the Pilarczyk problem and other Mahony problems.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 04, 2005 6:43 PM ET USA

    No shortage of sticks and stones here. No rules of evidence apply. after all, it is only a person's reputation that is at stake. Half truths are wonderful weapons in this forum. Keep up the good work, Diogenes.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Feb. 04, 2005 5:40 PM ET USA

    Indeed, Diogenes, it's all there in the documents; no inferences necessary. Abp. Pilarczyk has not spoken nor behaved as a successor to the apostles. Therefore, I would only add one question, Diogenes, to your legal one: Why hasn't Abp. Pilarczyk removed himself from office &/or "retired for health reasons"?

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Feb. 04, 2005 4:09 PM ET USA

    Again from the book "Faith of the Church Fathers," from a courageous Catholic apologist to the pagan Romans: "Your jails are full of your own people, but you will not find a Christian there, that is unless he is there for that very reason..., and if he is there for any other reason it is only because he has ceased to be a Christian." What have we done to our Church... which we have received as a gift from previous generations?! An Archbishop! We have all but destroyed our testimony

  • Posted by: - Feb. 04, 2005 12:39 PM ET USA

    Now let's not race to judgment. I'm kidding. This is disgusting. Any predictions as to Archbishop Pilarczyk's "health?" Does "chronic liar" constitute a "health reason" in the eyes of the Vatican?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 04, 2005 11:48 AM ET USA

    Ah, but you don't see that Bishops and chancery personnel don't have the same 10 commandments that the ordinary, paying, pew sitting laity have. The proscription against lying has been replaced with: "Thou shalt not be politically incorrect". In fact the Two Great Commandments encompassing the 10 have been reduced to ONE: "Thou shat be Pastoral". "Pastoral" has no definition but does have strong connotations of compassion and lots of feeling. Actually its all relative.