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On 24 July, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap, issued a statement, published on the Archdiocese of Boston website, on the “Uncle Ted” McCarrick case.
Many observers have been anxiously awaiting as much given that O’Malley serves as President of Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Statement - Circles - Thanks
The statement is being applauded in many circles, largely thanks to the following:
These cases and others require more than apologies … Transparent and consistent protocols are needed to provide justice for the victims and to adequately respond to the legitimate indignation of the community. The Church needs a strong and comprehensive policy to address bishops’ violations of the vows of celibacy in cases of the criminal abuse of minors and in cases involving adults.
Experience - Dioceses - Work - Members - Pontifical
My experience in several dioceses and my work with the members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors have brought me to this conclusion.
OK, let’s talk about Cardinal O’Malley’s experience, shall we?
Helm - Pontifical - Commission - Inception - March
He has been at the helm of the aforementioned Pontifical Commission since its inception in March of 2014 – a full four years before McCarrick’s suspension.
According to well-documented reports, however, any number of allegations of sexual abuse (homosexual abuse, that is) on the part of Uncle Ted had been submitted to Rome over the course of many years.
O'Malley - Brother - College - Cardinals - Joseph
Consider O’Malley’s brother in the College of Cardinals, Joseph “Nighty Night” Tobin, who revealed that the Archdiocese of Newark that he has led since 2016 was forced to pay out settlements in cases of sexual abuse involving McCarrick and three adults.
Is it possible that Tobin never whispered as much as a peep to O’Malley (or even bothered to send him a Tweet) that might put Uncle Ted on the Pontifical Commission’s radar?
Fr - Boniface - Ramsey - OP - July
At this, let’s talk about Fr. Boniface Ramsey, O.P. As reported in the July 22nd edition of the Washington Post:
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