Can’t help but be glad it was said…

“To resist grand jury subpoenas, to suppress the names of offending clerics, to deny, to obfuscate, to explain away; that is the model of a criminal organization, not my church.”

Keating was in an impossible job. Heading a pointless board whose only real function was to make it look like the bishops were doing something about their lousy governance, yet unable to actually legislate for the Church since (duh!) that’s the bishop’s job, not this silly Board’s. So he did the best he could with what he had: he used his office as a bully pulpit to speak the truth about our neglectful shepherds. Did he do it perfectly? No. Some of the stuff he said was theologically ignorant and pastorally irresponsible. Blame the guys who gave him the pulpit. But praise him for what he did right: speaking the truth about the stonewalling of men like Cdl. Mahony and Bp. Thomas “Gotta get a new windshield, fast!” O’Brien. He did, reasonably well, the task set before him by God: speaking the truth from his perspective as a layperson.


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