Monday, October 19, 2009

Double Standard at Notre Dame

Doesn't it seem odd to anyone that no one batted an eye when Cardinal Mahony spoke at Notre Dame last month? If one takes Cardinal Law out of the picture, Mahony was one of the premiere bishops in moving child molesters under the radar. He even moved a molester-priest to another parish in another county after he promised the police that the priest would be moved to a monestary in a deal to avoid sexual assault charges against the priest (See 2006 documentary "Deliver Us From Evil"). Although Obama may be pro-choice and as president will have the opportunity to perform plenty of evil acts, his rap sheet at this time is pretty small compared to Mahony.

I do realize that it was a minority of bishops that did not want Obama at Notre Dame and that Mahony was not among that minority, but why weren't these same bishops protesting Mahony speaking at Notre Dame? This is clearly a double standard. The only issue that matters to these bishops is abortion, not child abuse, the economy, the war, etc.

In truth, I really do not have a problem with any public figure speaking at any university. I like to think it can promote thought and ideas, and even disagreement. Nevertheless, Mahony shouldn't even be an active bishop right now and should perhaps be in prison. He's a criminal.

A Faithful Catholic


Terrence Berres said...

Didn't you apply a different standard to Archbishop Weakland when you wrote "I am not sure how to read his writings on sexual abuse cases in Milwaukee. I do not feel competent enough to judge how valid his responses are."

Dad29 said...

We agree he's a criminal (although not indicted, not tried, and not found guilty.)

But then, Terry's right: you do seem to hold a double-standard with regard Weakland.

Anonymous said...

Correction FC. Catholic bishops don't give a darn about abortion; their only concern is regaining all their power, and anti-abortion is just a tool. Jack

Faithful Catholic said...

I truly am ignorant of all the Weakland circumstances. So please tell me. Did he make a deal to put a priest in a monastery to avoid criminal charges against the priest, and then just move him out of the county to another parish?

Terrence Berres said...

"I truly am ignorant of all the Weakland circumstances. So please tell me."

You might start here.

CatholicSoldier said...


Another point we agree on, Cardinal Mahoney should not be an active Archbishop. I would have figured you would like him since theologically he seems to lean in the more "Progressive" direction.