Dear Father Byers,
[…] Well I hope there is some due process for people [priests are people, too!] in the future. Sadly it almost seems like Rome is adopting the Dallas Charter. The lawyers and insurance people are dictating [it’s all about money], and the bishops are scared to death of the media [it’s all about self-referential, self-hero worship]. When Father Gordon was criticizing the movie “Spotlight”, Church officials were falling all over themselves to praise the movie as a wonderful thing! It was a hack job against the Church! You know, I learned that one of the priests who was my pastor when I was a kid had been accused of sexual misconduct in the 1980s or 90s. He is now deceased to the best of my knowledge. I firmly believe that I could go to the Diocese where I lived at that time [not Boston or Manchester] and make an allegation of abuse and they would simply throw money at me and condemn the priest! And any allegation I might make would be a lie because no matter what that priest did, he never did anything wrong to me! So yeah, if there is going to be justice there has to be due process.
The priest who sent this in is a great guy, making spectacular contributions to society. I know that some refuse to hear that, but I would ask them to think about this: We’ve all of us crucified the Son of the Living God with our sins, without exception. And so?
Immediately after all this, Cardinal O’Malley followed suit with the highest of praise for the film. What a crock. The best way to get along in a witch hunt is to join the witch hunt right? Oh, I forgot, the Archdiocese of Boston paid big $$$ into The National Catholic Risk Retention Group. They’re tough; they’re heroes! TNCRRG is not the Dallas Charter, but it represents what the Dallas Charter is about and has a multitude of member (arch)dioceses. And if Rome accepts this, then there seems to be a guarantee that there is to be no due process for priests. Due process is specifically forbidden by TNCRRG. And yet, there is hope: Pope Francis, the Mercy of Justice
. I realize fully that that article leaves canon lawyers wondering what the reference to administrative judgments is all about. It is what it is. Those involved and Pope Francis will have to thrash this out as time goes on. I do have my opinions about it. Since I was asked recently what my opinions were, I might say a few words about it. Meanwhile, I continue to be dumbfounded
. Anyway, off to Graham County for Mass and Communion calls.