In another peculiar development coming from Rome, the other day I read about a 'tribunal for bishops in sex abuse cases' and thought to myself, Gee, I hope they don't use this kangaroo court to remove bishops who are opposed to the Roman Mapplethorpe they are building. I mean, they wouldn't sink that low, would they?
I didn't much like the feeling I had in the pit of my stomach, but I chalked it up to the many years of experiences I had with Fr. Bill Scanlon (RIP) who had a cocktail napkin placed in his personnel file after he made noise about suspicions about a pedophile ring and various characters at Catholic Charities. The napkin said 'fools around with boys'. They used that napkin to torment the guy his entire vocation. It took a terrible toll on his health and destroyed his vocation. We were robbed and the Church was robbed. After his premature death, to those us who loved him and knew of his innocence, the antics rose to the level of
manslaughter. Consequently, when it comes to assessing what the lavender mafia is capable of doing and getting away with, I plead guilty to being 50 shades of jaded. But, I am very aware of my bias and will often dismiss my suspicions.
I must say however that when I read about Archbishop Neinstedt's resignation, the first thing I said was "Oh bleep, here we go!"
I immediately did some poking around to see if it was my imagination that only faithful bishops are being accused of 'mishandling' the ephebophiles the lavender mafia ordained.
I found this on Rorate:
As one conservative bishop after another is speedily removed over allegations of mishandling accusations of immorality and / or sexual abuse against the clergy subject to them, we await the day when liberal bishops and cardinals who are guilty of far greater offenses will experience the same treatment.
So it is more than my post-traumatic biases from the retaliation of scribbling on a napkin at some drunken party and slipping into a personnel file when a priest was on their trail.
Let us face it: The evidence to exonerate the Holy Father of the charge of letting the lavender mafia take over the Holy See is virtually non-existent.
A kangaroo court is in place and lo and behold, it is in pursuit of faithful bishops.
Given what we know about what kind of bishops ordain men sexually attracted to teenagers and then enable them, doesn't this strike you as inconsistent with abolishing the practices that lure teenagers into the hands of sexual predators?
Given what we know about the cause and effect, what are the odds it's a coincidence all the bishops they are accusing do not fit the profile of the real enablers?
Stinks to the high heavens.