Apparently thinking himself to be patriotic, Cardinal Dolan hired Kenneth R. Feinberg (who ran the federal September 11 Victims Fund and took care of those suffering because of the Boston Marathon bombings and the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando), to head up an independent group which is to judge what amount of compensation any accuser of any priest will be awarded. The case is merely handed to them and the Cardinal simply washes his hands of it all, having, then, no ability whatsoever to intervene.
Payments can be made on behalf of deceased “victims” of those merely accused of alleged misdeeds, who, by the way, may also be deceased. The cases can be decades old. The bishops condemn any waiving of any statute of limitations for non-Church-related cases in the criminal justice system since the passage of time makes it impossible for the accused to defend himself, but then the bishops hypocritically condemn any effort not to waive any statute of limitations when it comes to their own priests because they have forbidden themselves to treat priests as worthy of due process. In this way they make themselves heroes for being “tough on priests.”
“I wish I would have done this quite a while ago,” exclaimed Cardinal Dolan to The New York Times.
If you think hiring an anti-terrorist personality like Kenneth R. Feinberg is over the top, know that according to The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, all priests are terrorists and are guilty of anything for which they stand accused simply because of the fact that they were ordained; bishops are forbidden to treat priests as defendants, and are encouraged never to have attorneys involved for anyone.
Feinberg is, of course, under enormous pressure never to find any priest innocent as he could then kiss his patriotic legacy goodbye, becoming, in this way, the enemy of all. Nothing against Feinberg, but isn’t it true that someone in that position is at risk of being paid off by the likes of, say, a Soros?
Go ahead and watch that couple of minutes of Becket excommunicating an ecclesiastic who bows down to state judgments on clergy. Is there a Becket today, anywhere?