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* Ana Maria Catanzaro: Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali and his bishops “failed miserably at being open and transparent. What will it take for bishops to accept that their attitude of superiority and privilege only harms their image and the church’s?”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 14, 2011

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Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali

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AP reports (5/14/11) …

  • The head of the Philadelphia archdiocese’s panel on priest sex-abuse is blasting the cardinal’s response to the pedophilia crisis, and pulling back the curtain on the panel’s long-secret operations.
  • Cardinal Justin Rigali and his bishops “failed miserably at being open and transparent,” review board chairwoman Ana Maria Catanzaro wrote this week in the lay Catholic magazine Commonweal.
  • “What will it take for bishops to accept that their attitude of superiority and privilege only harms their image and the church’s?” Catanzaro wrote in an article titled “The Fog of Scandal.”

for Catanzaro’s entire article in Commonweal, see … 

http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/fog-scandal-1

  • “She should feel very, very used,” said Nicholas Cafardi, a Duquesne University law professor who once served as counsel to the Pittsburgh archdiocese. “They’re being asked to give credibility to a process that is supposed to involve them but didn’t.”
  • Catanzaro has spent eight years on the review board, which makes recommendations to Rigali on whether priests should remain in ministry.
  • She faulted church officials for focusing on lawsuits and liability concerns instead of ridding the church of pedophiles. “We should expect better from the church and from our bishops.”

read the entire AP article at …  http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ifobmv7mnluNdO-NOOArrX9hsYFg?docId=fba2c2880d294683b39df42d5153a19c

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One Response to “* Ana Maria Catanzaro: Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali and his bishops “failed miserably at being open and transparent. What will it take for bishops to accept that their attitude of superiority and privilege only harms their image and the church’s?””

  1. Cardinal Rigali said there were “no credibly accused priests” in the Philadelphia church back in February of 2011, and a week later the Grand Jury report came out with horrifying facts about dozens of priests committing child rape. THEN Rigali removed the priests.

    Isn’t that child endangerment, and can’t it be prosecuted?

    Doesn’t the Catholic congregation realize that this Catholic church doesn’t practice Catholicism?

    At what point do they do the right thing, storm into Rigali’s office, drag him down to the police station, and make the DA prosecute him. At what point do they show their children that they know how to do the right thing?

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