just pay the man

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 11, 2006

Gay-friendly Bishop Gumbleton thinks legislators should lift the statute of limitations, making it easier for sex-abuse victims to sue and collect financial damages from their local dioceses.

"It could cost the church some money, but it also could bring a great deal of healing to a lot of victims," he said.

It could cost some money -- some money. The overall bill is over $1 billion, and rising too fast for anyone to keep an accurate account.

It could cost the church some money. And who is "the church," for these purposes? In practice the term refers to Joe the pipefitter and Harriet the schoolteacher and the Wallaces, who are already behind on the mortgage for their family farm. They'll be asked to throw a few more dollars into the collection baskets, to pay for the misdeeds of clerics who betrayed their trust.

"It could cost the church some money"-- words spoken with the insouciance of a man who knows that the money won't come out of his own wallet.

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  • Posted by: mrb - Jan. 12, 2006 10:06 PM ET USA

    I fail to see why parishioners should be held accountable for something a priest or bishop did or failed to do. Any damages should come from the person who did the damage, right? So why is the "diocese" being sued? It's not even a person. This all makes no sense to me. cleverelse

  • Posted by: Sir William - Jan. 11, 2006 9:43 PM ET USA

    Better yet, Hit the bishop’s retirement fund. He could always get a job at Wal Mart as a greater.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 11, 2006 7:42 PM ET USA

    Bad bishops like bad teachers seem to have a new form of "tenure" rendering them without responsibility for their actions and free to damage the Mystical Body with impunity. When will the Vatican under the leadership of his Holiness muster the courage to deal with this nonsense our shall we continue down the slide of ecclesial relativism or is this perhaps another example of "reconciled diversity".

  • Posted by: - Jan. 11, 2006 3:58 PM ET USA

    God bless Bishop Gumbleton. May he retire soon into a long life of joyful and perpetual silence. May the Lord grant him peace and health and a wonderful old age. And may the rest of us realize that the good bishop is like so many others on his side of the fence: nuts! Just plain nuts.

  • Posted by: Sir William - Jan. 11, 2006 11:54 AM ET USA

    That lighthearted song and dance would change if the good bishop suddenly found that legislators gave the victims the right not only to sue the BISHOP HIMSELF but have him held responsible as an accessory in criminal court but that he could do say, 15 years of 'prison ministry 24/7'. Let he who has ears hear!

  • Posted by: - Jan. 11, 2006 9:53 AM ET USA

    Life is like a box of chocolates.