‘Roll over and play dead’...very apt description! Now, let me see why would a bishop do that? To stay out of court at all costs, and avoid exposing his own culpability, complicity or even duplicity?
Corruption, clericalism and nepotism were not abandoned in the middle ages. Not all bishops are alike, but in this archdiocese those practices are rampant. Here’s the second-largest seminary in the country, known for its homosexual culture (we pray that is changing, the verdict is still out). Here’s the diocese-owned Oregon Catholic Press spreading its drippy music and heretical literature over the country. Here’s a bishop who takes the unprecedented step of risking every parish in the diocese by declaring bankruptcy before even one settlement was finalized. Here’s the recent participation of several Portland parishes, with the blessing of the bishop, in the gay pride parade. Here’s a Peace and Justice office that promotes events by pro-abortion, ultra-left and social activist organizations. Here are programs for homosexual outreach and global warming lobbying. Here’s a bishop who refuses to speak to his priests, but delegates everything to his vice-chancellor, a outspokenly leftist laywoman who was fired from her previous post. Here’s the Jesuit Western U.S. headquarters, whose Provincial declares his unity with his homosexual brothers. Here’s a sex-ed program, with full-time paid staff, that trains Religious Ed volunteers to teach five-year olds to say “penis” and “vagina”. Here’s a diverse group of lay people so tired of liturgical abuses that go uncorrected by their bishop, that they have started a letter-writing campaign to the Vatican in desperation.
So when you ask what the ‘motivation’ is for the behavior of such a Prince of the Church, I can only speculate...but these are just a few of the factors that cause me to have my doubts it was the most noble or highest of purposes.
Sometimes we don't fully appreciate how orthodox and straight-arrow our diocese is -- but it really is, and here are some of the fruits, posted recently on FR:
If you can get a good bishop in there, things will start to change.