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1 posted on 04/28/2010 8:34:27 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow
I'm not a 'Catholic basher' by any means but I simply do not understand how the laws, which are in virtually every US State, requiring ANYONE who knows about child sexual abuse to report it to the relevant authorities under pain of criminal punishment are not being applied to these people.

If ANYONE is aware of child sexual abuse in my State and they do no report it they're criminally liable. I suppose an argument could be made if the knowledge was gained as part of the Church Confessional, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Why on Earth shouldn't these people be held to answer for what is a crime in all 50 States of the Union?

2 posted on 04/28/2010 8:39:34 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: marshmallow

If anything, Burke was too strong. My sister lives in St. Louis, so I have second-hand information.

His speciality is canon law. He is in the place most suited to his skills.


10 posted on 04/28/2010 8:56:39 AM PDT by Salvation ( "With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

This is one of those cases where the demons throw one canard so outrageous that everyone accidentally injests the real poison:

Cardinal Law wasn’t moved upstairs at all. By ancient tradition, the Bishop of Rome (better known by his nickname, “the Pope”) is selected by the priests of Rome. Therefore, whenever ANYONE is made a papal elector (active cardinal), he is given the formal position as a pastor of a church in Rome. Usually cardinals have a much more critical job, such as being archbishop of a major arch-diocese, so a “parochial vicar” tends to the day-to-day duties of the parish. When Cardinal Law was relieved of his duties as Archbishop of Boston, he reverted to his role as pastor of his church in Rome... which just happened to be, by virtue of the prominence of Archdiocese of Boston, a very nice church.

But Law was relived of his duties, not “kicked upstairs.”


12 posted on 04/28/2010 8:58:43 AM PDT by dangus
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To: marshmallow
“Many of them have accepted blame for errors and made public statements of apology. Others, like Cardinal Law, formerly of Boston and Archbishop Burke, formerly of St. Louis, have been ‘kicked upstairs’ to the Vatican.

Cardinal Law was effectively demoted, even if that was not the intention - St. Mary Major is one of the Major Basilicas in Rome, but that's definitely a lower position than being a Cardinal Archbishop of a large archdiocese.

Abp (and surely soon to be Cdl.) Burke, on the other hand, was raised to the second highest judicial post in the Church (right below the Pope himself). That's no demotion. Beyond that, it could put him in a decision-making role if any of these cases come up in a canonical trial.

The Post's writer has not even a slight clue.

14 posted on 04/28/2010 9:04:32 AM PDT by GCC Catholic (0bama, what are you hiding? Just show us the birth certificate...)
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23 posted on 04/28/2010 9:41:36 AM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: marshmallow

Burke may be guilty in being an overall administrative failure, a major egotist, and butting into other bishops’ business, but I don’t see him guilty or complacent in any cover-up. He actually sent a couple guilty men to prison.


49 posted on 04/28/2010 4:31:22 PM PDT by Desdemona
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