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To: count-your-change
Stench indeed. Horrible and disgusting.

The person who has the authority to suspend Garcia's faculties immediately, would be Garcia's bishop, Abp Jose Palma of the Archdiocese of Cebu. And this can happen right away, on Palma's sole authorty.

You are apparently thinking the Pope has the role of doing all this on his personal say-so, but that is not the case. Pope Benedict is not some kind of autocrat --- acting solo and outside of canon law --- who can come down like a ton of bricks on Garcia. So keep your eye on the man who DOES have that authority: Garcia's religious superior, Abp. Palma.

Canon law and secular (law enforcement) both operate on the basis of due process: evidence, sworn depositions, witnesses. First step, as I understand it, is for Garcia to be suspended on the spot, by his own bishop --- and this should happen right away, as in NOW --- while the investigation and legal prosecution gets underway.

Ton of bricks. I'll be praying for bricks.

14 posted on 09/25/2012 5:05:20 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Point of information.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
This has been well known to the rest of the world for years so it's not a question of rush to judgment and execution.

What are the Catholic faithful to do? The Monsignor doesn't act, the Bishop won't act and the Pope doesn't give evidence he even notices.

“So keep your eye on the man who DOES have that authority: Garcia's religious superior, Abp. Palma”

He has greater authority than Benedict to remove a sex abuser from serving? Please do show me that canon law, the one that says the Pope cannot recall or reassign or remove from office a confessed molester... and do so immediately.

15 posted on 09/25/2012 6:44:16 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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