Better Late than Never Dept.

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 06, 2007

Just about 10 years after the Bishop of Dallas agreed to step down quietly in the aftermath of a horrendous sex-abuse scandal,...

...and 7 years after the Vatican appointed a coadjutor to succeed him,...

...and 4 years after the coadjutor-- tired of waiting, frustrated by his isolation--- requested and received a transfer to a diocese where he could actually do something,...

... and 7 months after the bishop finally submitted his resignation, as required by canon law, upon reaching his 75th birthday,....

The Pope has accepted the resignation of Bishop Charles Grahmann.

Which just goes to show: a bishop can't resist pressure from the Vatican forever. For a decade, maybe. But not forever.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 08, 2007 12:27 AM ET USA

    (phone call) ME: Thank God. MOTHER: Thank God. ME: Still not much about the new guy. MOTHER: I haven't heard too much either. ME: Still, he can't be . . . urrgh!! MOTHER: What? ME: I was going to say, "No way he could be as bad as the last guy", but then I had a superstitious urge to NOT say that. MOTHER: Ugh. I know what you mean. After the last two - "never say never again". ME: We've got to pray! MOTHER: It's all we have. ME: Well, and, now, a bishop, too. Finally.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 07, 2007 1:47 AM ET USA

    Is Bishop Charles Grahmann the Bishop that protected the notorious serial predator Father Rudy Kos for years from prosecution by the Texas authorities? How many lives were ruined? Is this the same Bishop that ordained Garner that is such a flaming homosexual that he would post messages on the Saint Sebastian's Angels, which is homosexual website? There were horrible messages on there, even by a Bishop from South Africa? How do these people look into the mirror and sleep at night is beyond me.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 06, 2007 12:07 PM ET USA

    The Vatican is at once the administrative head of the Church, and at the heart of most of the Church's most pressing problems.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 06, 2007 11:06 AM ET USA

    let the healing begin. the bishop's presence, together with the antics of the bishop in ft worth, kept the dallas morning news in printers ink for years. the only effective solution to the abuse crisis seems to be the funeral register. fraternal correction is a joke among the us bishops, and the vatican is missing in action when it comes to disciplining wayward shepherds. as long as the bishops who created this mess remain in office, the us church will suffer from the justifiable shame.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 06, 2007 10:25 AM ET USA

    It's been a msytery to the faithful here in Dallas as well, at least as far as JPII. Bishop Grahmann and Pope Benedict XVI are good friends and the word on the street was that Grahmann was able to negotiate the timing of his replacement. His annual Pro-Life dinner, a well-done and well-covered event is coming in a couple of weeks and will now be his swan song.