Question 1: How did McCarrick thrive as a predator for decades, until June 2018?
Number of promises made by Cardinals/popes to provide an answer: At least four (Wuerl, Tobin, DiNardo, and the pope)
Number of answers actually given: Zero.
Question 2: How did former-West-Virginia-bishop Michael Bransfield thrive as a predator for decades, like his old friend Theodore McCarrick, until September 2018?
Number of investigative reports selectively edited by Baltimore Archbishop William Lori with information about this: One
Number of such reports made public by Lori and Pope Francis: Zero.
Question 3: How many former seminarians in West Virginia have sued the Church in the past six months?
Answer, provided by the West-Virginia press: At least two.
How many secret settlements of these cases did the diocese reach, under the governance of William Lori? One.
How many of these cases assert that the victim tried to communicate with Lori, but got rebuffed and treated like an enemy? At least one.
Question 3: How many bishops spoke at last week’s Notre Dame University forum on the sexual abuse crisis?
Who? William Lori.
Forgive me for asking, but is this a joke, Notre Dame?
During the forum, Lori told his usual self-pitying and self-justifying sob stories. And he regaled the world with his typical mind-numbingly tedious tales of his own feckless bureaucratic bumblings.
Notre Dame University: What do you mean by this charade? Glamorizing the machinations of a documented liar and cover-up artist. Are you trying to shove the reputation of our Church even deeper into the bottom of the trashcan? Do you not realize that there are some serious people out here, people who actually know the facts about what has happened in West Virginia over the course of the last year, and who see William Lori for the charlatan that he is?
John Allen and Peter Steinfels: You should be ashamed of yourselves. For playing patsy to William Lori’s endless self-justifying nonsense. You show yourselves to be the hacks that you are, more interested in a secure paycheck than in any kind of real integrity.
The RMS Titanic of Roman Catholicism in our part of the world continues to sink, my dear ones, with bloviating nabobs on the bridge. Men utterly unprepared to deal with the catastrophe that they, and the men they kissed up to when they were younger, have wrought.
Let’s try to hasten to heaven as eagerly as we can. Let’s try to help as many people as we can along the way. Part One of such a business: Living in the truth.
Which includes this fact: The Metropolitan Archbishop of our ecclesiastical province is a careerist fraud. No honest human being should trust him any farther than Lori himself can throw medicine ball.