the old covenant

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 12, 2007

In a legal brief that probably will not be nailed to the door of the cathedral, lawyers for the Orange, California diocese are asking a court to seal testimony by Bishop Tod Brown.

The Los Angeles Times plays the story straight, but can't resist a reference back to Bishop Brown's grandstanding PR gesture policy statement "Covenant with the Faithful, which is still displayed-- albeit not quite so prominently as before-- on the diocesan web site.

The move to keep the bishop's deposition private appears to conflict with a promise Brown and his diocese made years ago to comfort their followers and quiet their critics as Catholic churches everywhere were stung by sex scandals.

It "appears to conflict." Nicely understated, that.

The pledge, posted on the diocese's website and known as the "Covenant With the Faithful," states that Brown and his brother bishops "will be open, honest and forthright in our public statements to the media and consistent and transparent in our communications with the Catholics of our Diocese."

Or at least that's what the Covenant "appears" to say. But there are subtleties here: nuances of interpretation that we couldn't expect the lay faithful to understand. You can't fit everything on a cathedral door, you know.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 17, 2007 2:57 PM ET USA

    The bishop and his legal team are by now resigned to the fact that this issue is not going away silently into the night. But there is a hint for the bishop in a variation of that word, resigned. Resignation might be the answer!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2007 3:15 AM ET USA

    thankfully, the judge took tod's manifesto more seriously than did the bishop and released the testimony. the steady leaks of information indicates the abuse scandals are not 'history' but are still happening. too bad the us bishops paid $3 billion in believers' money on 'tuition' and haven't learned a thing.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 13, 2007 11:36 PM ET USA

    What does the bishop have in common with Martin Luther?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 12, 2007 10:42 PM ET USA

    Yes, Bishop Tod "with one D" Brown nailed his "transparency" to his cathedral's door, but there is only one person who can make him account for his words/deeds: the Holy Father. It is sad to see Successors to the Apostles caught in their own lies (Brown, Mahony etc.) & it hurts the Church. When a bishop uses "transparent" instead of "Truth," deception is likely in the air. We can (1) point out the lies & deceptions (2) pray for the bishop (3) & pray for the pope to remove such traitors.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 12, 2007 7:50 PM ET USA

    Open, honest communication of facts to the faithful will certainly occur in the neighboring diocese of San Diego....not!