Phoenix Phog

Okay. Here’s the plea Bp. O’Brien copped.

And here’s the deal he signed.

Now here’s what he’s saying today.

Can anybody make head or tail of this Clintonian parsing? As near as I can tell, he’s saying, “I reshuffled abusers and lied about it. I’ll admit that if you won’t send me to jail. I’m dancing on the edge of putting Caesar in charge of some of the administration of the Church if I can save my hide. I’m also trying to keep Caesar from taking up his side of the deal so that difficult church/state issues don’t arise. Say, Did I mention I don’t want to go to jail?”

Gotta love this: “O’Brien touched his chest several times during the interview to emphasize the depth of his feelings.

Coupled with this: “O’Brien seemed to invoke careful semantics in discussing the key part of his immunity agreement.”

And this: “I don’t know, but I know what is in my heart,” he said. “I don’t know that I knowingly developed a scheme, had a cover-up or tried to transfer a priest when I knew this guy was going to offend again. I believe in my heart that he would not.”

I’m glad that you don’t know but that you know you don’t know you knowingly scheme, Bishop. Fills me with confidence in you.