a leader in a time of scandal

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 03, 2007

Score one for Rzeczpospolita. The Polish daily reported on Thursday that Pope Benedict had already chosen the new Archbishop of Warsaw. The appointment was announced on Saturday, before the Holy Father emerged from his Lenten Retreat, so the Rzeczpospolita story was obviously accurate.

The selection of Bishop Kazimierz Nycz is not a surprise; he was one of the three prelates consistently named as finalists for the Warsaw post. Among those three, Archbishop-elect Nycz stands out for having strongly resisted the Communist secret police. Given the current climate of poisonous suspicion in Warsaw, it will be a relief for everyone to know that the incoming archbishop has already been cleared of the suspicions that brought his predecessor, Archbishop Wielgus, to grief.

It makes sense, doesn't it? When you're trying to recover from a scandal, it's wise to choose a leader utterly untainted by that scandal-- and better yet to find someone who earned notice for rejecting the moral compromises that led others astray.

Here in the US we have seen the appointment of new bishops who were untouched by the sex-abuse scandal. Good; fine. But wouldn't it be nice to see the first appointment of a cleric who, when others were covering up abuse, had the courage to blow the whistle?

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 05, 2007 8:39 PM ET USA

    How about Father Altier, who was unceremoniously shut down for preaching Catholicism?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 05, 2007 12:08 PM ET USA

    "... What if ten shall be found there? And he said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten. " http://www.newadvent.org/bible/gen018.htm If we only count Bishops, the Church in the US is in deep trouble!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 04, 2007 12:01 AM ET USA

    Well, it seems everyone who has weighed in on this so far wants to find a clerical example of integrity in a high profile media case. Wake up! You are pandering like those you accuse of pandering. This kind of thing only lends itself to silent veracity and heroic integrity. Stop looking in your newspapers and start looking for the exiled clergy stationed in Nowhereville Hospital… Uh, no offense, but David, that man is you...

  • Posted by: - Mar. 03, 2007 9:51 PM ET USA

    WHAT CRISIS! Our good USCCB has cleared everything; we are in great shape in our church. Sure we are, I also believe in the tooth fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny!

  • Posted by: - Mar. 03, 2007 3:25 PM ET USA

    "But wouldn't it be nice to see the first appointment of a cleric who, when others were covering up abuse, had the courage to blow the whistle?" Let me think.... Hmmm. I don't think the Boston Globe has qualified candidates. And Charles Molineux (who wrote the WSJ article early in the game calling for Law's resignation) is a married man for crying out loud. I'll get back to you when I think of an American priest or bishop with integrity.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 03, 2007 3:01 PM ET USA

    Were there any who, when others were covering up the abuse, had the courage to blow the whistle? Or is that the point?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 03, 2007 11:02 AM ET USA

    our bishops believe they did nothing wrong in the handling of the abuse crisis. their failure has led to a piece work solution driven by the media, courts and legislatures. drip, drip, drip over a period of years. the credibility of the us hierarchy is gone and their public voice has been mute, as a result. they failed to make problem management theirs, and are subject to the rule of others. what about embezzlement and theft? will they learn from their mistakes? deja vu all over again.