by Christopher MannionUnbelievable or what? And some wonder why the USCCB has lost credibility among orthodox Catholics.
Our recent coverage of the scandal at Richmond Catholic Charities ( CCR) tells a sordid tale of tragedy, secrecy, and subterfuge. But this incident, sorrowful as it is, also reveals a deeper and more pervasive problem that has plagued the Church in America for decades. That problem is the power of rogue bureaucracies that have hijacked the work of the Church and secularized it. In many cases, like that in Richmond, they have totally corrupted it.
Sometimes we have to wonder if the chanceries have learned anything from the clerical abuse scandals and cover- ups that have so damaged the Church in recent years. The Richmond chancery, flouting the Dallas charter’s requirement for transparency, covered up this latest scandal for months. Their method is marked with familiar signs — secrecy, expensive lawyers, denials, and finger pointing. The only tactic missing is “ blaming the victim” — which is impossible, in this case, because one of the victims is dead, killed last January 18 by an abortion arranged and authorized by employees of Richmond Catholic Charities (CCR)....
...For the past thirty years, many USCCB bureaucracies have faithfully reflected the policies of the pro-abortion, Democratic left in Washington. The small (and good) prolife office at the USCCB is a lonely island in a sea of left-wing attitudes.
No wonder the parking lot of the USCCB was full of bumper stickers supporting Al Gore in 2000, and John Kerry in 2004. And the spirit of secrecy prevails even there — when a photographer entered the parking lot during the 2004 campaign and started snapping pictures, she was quickly ushered off the premises by a private security guard....
Thursday, July 03, 2008
The Bureaucracy Blind-Sides The Bishops
From The Wanderer: