don't blame me

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 12, 2006

How should an archbishop respond, when an auxiliary bishop says that he was a victim of sexual abuse?

Detroit's Cardinal Adam Maida said: "The Detroit archdiocese was never made aware of this."

This isn't a fragmentary sentence, wrenched out of context by a secular newspaper reporter; it's the single direct quote from the cardinal-archbishop contained in a release sent out by his official spokesman.

Look: Someone in the Detroit archdiocese was "made aware" of the incident: to wit, an auxiliary bishop. And still-- surprise!-- nothing was done about it.

Now we all know, and it's time for the chief shepherd to help his flock assimilate the latest story.

"The Detroit archdiocese was never made aware of this."

Can you hear the paternal concern in that statement? Can you feel the passion for justice? Do you notice how he has turned the surprising news story into a teaching opportunity? No? Neither do I.

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  • Posted by: Stonewall - Jan. 13, 2006 6:43 PM ET USA

    I suspect to hear any day now that the bishop has been accused of molesting someone himself...his defense will obviously be, "It isn't my fault, after all I was molested too".

  • Posted by: - Jan. 13, 2006 11:24 AM ET USA

    I'm tired of this. The bishops and many priests were negligent in their duties and there are victims, but what is going on in this 1 billion payout is an attempt to ruin the church financially and who will pay for this, the people who financially support the church each week. Put the perverts in jail if you want and the bishops who protected them, all of them. It would be a great favor, but don't give out more money. This is greed pure and simple, lawyer's greed and victims's greed.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 13, 2006 8:47 AM ET USA

    Re: Prayers for Gumbleton. Its the manner in which he has done this, his age, and the peculiar political advantage this disclosure/non-disclosure gives him that leaves us all scratching our heads. Like a cross between a Mission Impossible rubber mask moment and a Dostoevsky novel, we can't figure out who's dissing who now.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 13, 2006 8:33 AM ET USA

    Let's look at this as Christ would, please. If Bishop Gumbleton was abused then he needs our prayers and encouragement. I do not agree with him on most anything at all but I still have Christian mercy and compassion toward anyone who has suffered abuse in any form. I respectfully request we pray for Bishop Gumbleton's healing. When he is better we can once again engage him in the arena of ideas but, for now, how about a truce?

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 13, 2006 12:39 AM ET USA

    Also, is this the same Gumbleton who basically threatened not to retire even if the Holy Father decided otherwise? In what could be viewed as grandstanding, given the timing of this announcement, could it not also play as a tool to help insure that he stays in office? Imagine the headline: Vatican Forces Bishop To Retire After He Makes A Stand For Victims Of The Church. We'll see how this plays out.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Jan. 13, 2006 12:34 AM ET USA

    Di, I wouldn't be to hard on Card. M. for issuing such a statement. I mean really, what's he supposed to say? Though I'd think maybe something else could be said about an Aux. Bp speaking outside of his Diocese calling for lifting of the statute of limitations when there are some very good reasons that such statutes exist. It is good the Bp doesn't name names, but I guess he thinks it would be okay that goldiggers could falsely accuse dead men at the expense of the Church?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 12, 2006 4:33 PM ET USA

    Comes clean at 76? Can't identify the perpetrator? You'll pardon my incredulity.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 12, 2006 2:29 PM ET USA

    It is no surprise that auxiliary Bishop Gumbleton is coming out with this story on the heels of the directive from the Magisterium about, the homosexuals. The Vatican makes it clear, that homosexuals, homosexual tendencies, or support for homosexual lifestyles should not be allowed into the priesthood. As I recall, Bishop Gumbleton has been very suppotive of the homosexuals, he even had Mass for them at a conference, when the bishop of that diocese, told all the priests not to participate.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 12, 2006 10:01 AM ET USA

    Quick survey: How many, having seen the initial headline "Bishop claims to have been abused (or words to that effect)", thought of anyone else but Gumbleton? How many believe him? He will be 76 years old on January 26th. What's the hold-up?