Four days have passed ...

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 06, 2005

... we're still waiting for a denial.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 09, 2005 10:45 PM ET USA

    There is a great scene in the movie "El Cid" in which Charlton Heston (The Cid) publicly forces the king to declare he had no part in the death of his brother. All the world knew the king was lying, but the Cid accepted his oath and gave him due obeissance. Let us force the Cardinal to publicly deny any previous improper dalliance or attraction ... and then take him at his word. Any previous "intimates" (if they exist) will then come running out of the woodwork with another story altogether.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 09, 2005 10:16 PM ET USA

    Paul E. Dinter one-time chaplain at Columbia University, wrote "One now prominent churchman, as a young bishop, would invite groups of student priests to his country place. When they arrived, he would assign each a guest bed but would invariably run one short. The last guy, the bishop's pick, would be told, 'well, I guess you get to sleep with your bishop,' to the nervous laughter of the group" (The Other Side of the Altar: One Man's Life in the Catholic Priesthood).

  • Posted by: - Dec. 09, 2005 8:45 PM ET USA

    1) Whether or not Smith looks, or does not look, great is irrelevant. If he is not willing to make himself known, he weakens the case of all of us who are trying to get a holy bishop in DC. 2) I don't agree that Fr Haley is of "dubious" character. However, I do look askance upon his participation in what must be considered rumor-mongering, owing to "Smith's" unwillingness to present evidence.

  • Posted by: Brad - Dec. 08, 2005 9:43 AM ET USA

    1) Smith doesn't look too great in what was told. I think if most people were in the shoes of Smith, they would not want to be made public. What reason would they? Not telling his name without his permisson is proper. 2) Why is Father Haley of such "dubious" reputation? 3) Aren't all reporters of information relaying what someone told them along with some things they actually witnessed?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 07, 2005 6:42 PM ET USA

    I must agree with Tomecom. As much as I'd like to see His Eminence resign, articles such as this won't help. If "Mr Smith" has something to say, then he should stop skulking in anonymity and have the courage and integrity to make himself known. I frankly have no use for anonymous innuendoes. The ends do not justify the means.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 06, 2005 10:33 PM ET USA

    “A good intention... does not make behavior that is intrinsically disordered, such as lying and calumny, good or just.” - CCC 1753 This post is either calumny or detraction and should remove it. If there is evidence of Cardinal McCarrick's alleged misconduct, report it to Rome. But please do not post double hearsay from someone of dubious reputation (Fr. Haley) on Diogenes should go to Confession.

  • Posted by: Brad - Dec. 06, 2005 3:43 PM ET USA

    Pseudo - I hope so but it seems that there are many that don't want this "story" told. Is anyone else picking this up?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 06, 2005 1:29 PM ET USA

    Like Job, this priest should not despair or be angry at God, as it looks like his suffering is about to bear great fruit for the Church that he loves.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 06, 2005 12:46 PM ET USA

    If I were Muslim, and these allegations are true, I would demand an immediate retraction of the "Praise Allah" comment.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 06, 2005 11:58 AM ET USA

    Drilling down the links, this is one of the most disturbing stories I have ever read. Pray for our good priests, that they may be protected in faith and strengthened in courage.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 06, 2005 8:30 AM ET USA

    Will it go away if he ignores it? Wishful thinking.