" … the published list had been whittled down by the bishop and church lawyers to exclude, among others, accused priests who had been left in ministry or restored after a suspension. In one case, a church lawyer wrote to the bishop that a priest alleged to have had sex with a teenage girl in the 1980s should be dropped from the list because including him “might require explanation.” (The priest, Fabian J. Maryanski, who has since been placed on leave, denied the allegation.)
Under the church’s new policy on accountability for bishops, it has fallen to Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York, to decide whether to launch an investigation of Mr. Malone. As Mr. Dolan mulls that question — his office says an announcement is expected soon — other revelations have surfaced involving Mr. Malone’s less-than-assiduous attention to abuse victims. In an audio recording of a conversation from August, leaked recently by one of his former top assistants, Mr. Malone is heard worrying that “this could be the end for me as bishop.”" washpost editorial board.
Despair is an unforgivable sin. Unforgivable because someone in despair does not believe in the possibility of forgiveness and therefore does not repent. On that basis I am in a lot of trouble because I despair for the ability of the Roman Catholic Church to purge itself, cauterize the resulting wounds and move on. I know that I should not despair but I do.
Because of the essentially late Roman Empire structure of the Church the chain of command runs from the Pope to metropolitan archbishops who head eccesiastical provinces and then to suffragan dioceses subordinate to the metropolitan archbishops.
In the case of this fellow Malone, he is the subordinate of Archbisop Dolan in New York City because Buffalo is a diocese within the province which Dolan heads. So, the buck stops (for the moment) at Dolan's Desk with regard to the question of what to recommend to the Pope about the careerist who sits in the bishop's chair in Buffalo, New York.
"This will finish me as bishop" Malone is quoted as saying of the result of his inaction and harboring of evil priests in Buffalo. What an unworthy sentiment! What greater evidence can there be of careerist ambition driven failure as a pastor of souls.
Dolan is a mystery to me. I have seen him on "Fox and Friends," sprawled in a chair actinng the role of a basic New York City street guy. He does not inspire me with the vision of a spiritual guide for all those souls spread across his province.
Is Dolan called now to decide about another careerist cleric when he may not be much different? We will see, pl