Bishop Martin turns on the Bishop of Limerick…

It sounds to me as though Diarmuid Martin was gunning for the Bishop of Limerick on Prime Time last night. Those mentioned in the report must come out and publicly say: “I made mistakes and I go or I didn’t make mistakes. It is not enough for people in another diocese to decide”. But as Will Crawley points out, the Catholic church nationally is singularly lacking in the authority to demand the resignation of a Bishop. That power lies only with the Pope. Who remains remarkable silent on the matter.

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  • Fabianus

    Will Crawley wrote:

    “A key dynamic revealed in the Dublin report is a tendency on the part of church leaders to act legalistically, rather than to do what is morally right.”

    Certainly seems that way doesn’t it?

  • joeCanuck

    to act legalistically

    Maybe but with a nod and wink to Canon Law only, not the laws of the land.
    This particular Bishop says he did no wrong since he did report the abuse to diocesan authorities.

  • Brian MacAodh

    If he had any morals he would resign and devote his life to helping the victims of sexual abuse.

  • wild turkey

    ‘If he had any morals he would resign and devote his life to helping the victims of sexual abuse.’

    or

    If he hasmorals he will retain his and devote his life to helping the perpetrators of sexual abuse.

    …hmm i know where money is on that one. hint. it’s not in the collection basket

    as an aside, below is a link from my old hometown newspaper about a bishops evasiveness regarding allegations of sexual abuse. the bishops name? Michael Egan. wonder where his roots go back to?

    http://www.greenwichtime.com/ci_13904413

  • Fabianus

    wild turkey

    Thanks for the link. I was struck by a bizarre piece at the end:

    The Rev. Laurence Brett, who served at St. Cecilia’s in Stamford, is cited in complaints dating back to 1964. Diocese officials were aware that Brett had sexually abused an 18-year-old male Sacred Heart University student, including the report that Brett had bitten the student’s penis while performing oral sex to prevent the teen from ejaculating. He then told the student to seek confession from another priest, according to the documents.

    But it was never reported to authorities or parishioners.

    Instead, Brett was allowed to continue to serve as a priest and continued assaulting teens, particularly Frank Martinelli, who … claimed in a federal lawsuit that Brett suggested the teen perform oral sex on him as a way of receiving Holy Communion.

    Gotta love those priests. That’s a neat trick of transubstantiation: substitute your dick for a wafer of bread and tell the gullible kids it’s the same thing. Is there no perversion these RC priests aren’t capable of?

  • greagoir o frainclin

    “Gotta love those priests. That’s a neat trick of transubstantiation: substitute your dick for a wafer of bread and tell the gullible kids it’s the same thing. Is there no perversion these RC priests aren’t capable of?”

    Very crude Fabianus. But very true!

    And it’s such a pity that these dirty old popish bastards weren’t run outta town years ago with our English overlords.