PopeWatch: Omerta

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The code of Omerta is alive and well in the Church:


.- More than one year after the announcement of allegations of sexual abuse against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Archdiocese of Washington has continued to refuse questions about McCarrick’s use of a personal charitable fund. 

McCarrick funnelled hundreds of thousands of dollars through what was known as the Archbishop’s Fund, and reportedly made gifts to senior Vatican officials, even while the fund remained under the charitable auspices of the archdiocese.

Senior sources close to the Archdiocese of Washington have confirmed that archdiocesan records include the names of individuals, including senior Vatican figures, to whom McCarrick made payments from the fund.

But the Archdiocese of Washington has declined to disclose sources, sums, and uses of money, though it has acknowledged that the fund exists.

The archdiocese has also declined to comment on whether Archbishop Wilton Gregory will address accusations of financial misconduct by McCarrick, or publish the names of bishops who personally received gifts from the disgraced former archbishop. 

The powers that be in the Vatican aren’t even pretending to be caring about this.  Just another sign of the complete contempt that too many members of the hierarchy have for the laity.

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  1. It isn’t just the gang in the Vatican trying to keep a lid on this. I find it hard to believe there isn’t a prominent American bishop who didn’t know enough about McCarrick to expose him but looked the other way.

    As Bishop Stephen Lopes said “We all knew.”

  2. An unhappy tradtionalist priest insisted to me in 2004 that Donald Wuerl (then in Pittsburgh) would pass bribes to officials on Vatican tribunals for favorable rulings. Sounded outlandish at the time. Not any more. This also tells you something about Wilton Gregory (and something not so surprising).

  3. I find it hard to believe there isn’t a prominent American bishop who didn’t know enough about McCarrick to expose him but looked the other way.

    Why would the Bishop of Des Moines know what McCarrick did with his free time?

  4. Since I moved here, Greg!

    Just kidding. Seriously, they’re a year into looking for a new Bishop. Seems very healthy, though, especially after El Paso.

  5. Greg, tread carefully. In this current culture you could be denounce by the Iowa house of reps as a bigot.

  6. There may be some level of omerta being employed by some dirty players, but I believe more of this silence is deployed through the use of the confessional as a weapon. I also believe there is much gossip and suspicion yet little in material evidence.

  7. “I also believe there is much gossip and suspicion yet little in material evidence.”

    Ken, where have you been? There are investigations & people coming forward as witnesses all over the country. There is tons of material evidence of corruption–including guilty pleas, removal from priestly service, convictions, etc.

  8. Just read an article in Catholic Citizens of Ill that if your a conservative priest in the USA and your Bishop has a beef with you
    you get sent to St Luke’s in Pennsylvania. That’s horrible

  9. When a bishop says everybody knew about McCarrick I’m highly doubtful that they had seen much material evidence. They heard stories and gossip. Those who participated in McCarrick’s sleepovers were either willing participants or cooperators; yes there were some who were abused, but it took years before they came public or were paid hush money.

    I did misspeak in saying there is much gossip. I should have written there was much gossip.

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