Checchio Fail

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Pope St. John Paul II erected the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey. He named Theodore McCarrick the founding bishop. McCarrick went on to serve as Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey. Then Archbishop of Washington.

Twenty-some years after McCarrick began his tenure as its first bishop, the Diocese of Metuchen, along with the Archdiocese of Newark, secretly paid out money to seminarians whom McCarrick had abused.

Questions:

What did McCarrick do?

Why did the Diocese of Metuchen, and the Archdiocese of Newark, choose to cover that up?

Answers: [crickets]

Bishop Checchio of Metuchen recently broke his silence on the matter of McCarrick’s downfall. But he offered no answers to these questions.

Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, did an interview, in which he addressed McCarrick’s downfall, among other things. The Cardinal insists that this is “not a massive crisis.” Cardinal DiNardo, President of the USCCB, also did an interview. “It’s time to move forward.”

We still do not know that McCarrick is guilty of anything–if we live by ‘innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.’

Apparently McCarrick contested the veracity of the original claim lodged against him in the Archdiocese of New York. In a private interchange of information with the Archdiocese, McCarrick claimed to have evidence that he did not reside in New York at one of the times that “Mike” said he had fondled him. McCarrick made this claim before the Pope suspended his ministry on June 20.

According to “Vatican sources,” Pope Francis is “personally” handling McCarrick’s case.

So we find ourselves…

1. Unsatisfied regarding justice. We do not even know precisely what case of abuse sits on the Pope’s desk to judge. As I mentioned before: James, of northern Virginia, spoke to the New York Times. That is what led to McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals. But, as far as we know, James has never spoken to a Church official.

2. But who can really doubt that McCarrick is guilty of grievous sins and crimes against human dignity? If he were altogether innocent, why did he resign from the Cardinals? And remain totally silent?

[If McCarrick is, in fact, actually innocent, and he keeps his silence only out of holy obedience to Pope Francis–that would mean that the Pope is guilty of a grievous injustice against one of his Cardinals. That scandal would actually be even worse than this one.]

3. Meanwhile, we, the People of God touched by the ministry of this now-disgraced priest and bishop, remain totally in the dark about many, many, many, many, many facts.

The bishops’ party line is: Let’s focus on good policies and move on!

This is surreal.

One thought on “Checchio Fail

  1. Surreal is a good word, Father. Sometimes an anology helps me to better understand an issue. Example – if a relative of mine admitted to abusing a child, I would have to tell the authorities which would be the right thing to do along with trying to support him from an emotional perspective. Wouldn’t that be what God would want us to do? We certainly wouldn’t hide him in a closet! Why can’t the Catholic Church understand? Is it really all about $$$?

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