Retaliation is not in our playbook. I reject it on right. We don't practice it, and we don't believe in retaliation," Donilon said.
For those with first-hand experiences with the Cardinal and his staff, the statement was simply...incredulous. Retaliation and threats of retaliation are exactly how the diocese lords it over their priests and employees.
In fact, it's their operating system for not just the people who rely upon them for a paycheck, they employ retaliation and threats of retaliation with quite a garden variety of people - former employees, religious orders, organizations, journalists and even you're average Catholic in the pew.
This is very difficult to say, but I feel compelled to say it - the tactic most frequently used by Cardinal O'Malley himself is one that every Catholic should be familiar with - it's not the rapes, the cover ups, the corruption, the contracts they make to abort children of the poor, the money stolen and mismanaged, etc., that is 'doing harm to the Church', it is the public exposition by the victims of their shenanigans.
This same dynamic was used on the Daughter's of St. Paul.
It wasn't the Cardinal and his team's mismanagement of millions of dollars, the cooked books and the missing money that 'hurt the Church', it was the Boston Globe article that exposed the scandal. The Cardinal called in a chit to the Mother Superior and when the phone call was over, the Mother Superior flew over here and removed the local leadership of the Daughters of St. Paul.
The little group of docile nuns who tried to get the money of their hard-working employees back have been retaliated against.
How does that stack up against the statement that "retaliation is not in their playbook"?