THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN UPDATED IN A POST HERE.
Unless a major stink is raised, the USCCB will this weekend elect Bishop Kicanas as President of the USCCB.
Up until this point in time, my response to the ordination and enabling of pedophiles has been very measured. I understand that it was the responsibility of the family of the victim to call the police. I am well aware that there are many falsely accused priests and I have been very outspoken about the trampling of their due process, their civil rights, their canonical rights and the right to the restoration of their vocation and reputation when the allegation has no merit. (I will have more on this in the upcoming week as the diocese prepares to slander the reputation of priests who are not alive to defend themselves or provide evidence of their innocence.)
Bishop Kicanas has the most lethal combination of poor judgment and arrogance I have ever seen in a Bishop. Coming from a Bostonian, that is saying a LOT.
When Bishop Kicanas found out a seminarian of his was a pedophile who had abused three children, he said it would have been "grossly unfair" not to ordain him, that raping children was a kink in sexual maturity that would work itself out - 23 children later, it still hadn't. Kicanas said he was much more concerned about the seminarians alcoholism and got him counseling for that. He summarizes the whole thing by saying there was nothing that could have been done any differently.
Boston Catholics are going to take the next few days to contact their bishops and make it clear if they vote for Bishop Kicanas, we will immediately begin a campaign to de-fund the Bishop's Appeal.
If you are reading from Boston, please stay tuned. If you are reading from another diocese, please contact your Bishops to express your concerns and let him know he will be held accountable for his vote and spread the word so that other Catholics will do the same.
Time is of the essence because the vote takes place in a few days.