I had to find this. I absolutely had to find it.
Take a look at this. This is a 2006 article re Cardinal Levada, then the newly appointed Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
06 January 2006: Levada’s secret
Many Roman Catholics recall all too well their disappointment – sometimes outright anger, and sometimes sheer despair – with news that their new Pope (Benedict XVI) picked Levada out of the episcopal pool to succeed himself as head the CDF. Disappointed/anger/despair because they knew all too well that, as Archbishop of Portland, Levada had orchestrated a secret pay-off with victims of Father Joseph Baccellieri, and then unleashed the clerical predator back amidst his unsuspecting flock.
Note too that Baccellieri is another molester who was shipped off to study Canon Law! As I have said before, it seems to me there are more than a fair share of clerical sexual predators prattling around in what should be the reserve of men understood to be holy priests of sound moral character. But, no. These predators are there: They study canon law; they teach canon law, they “do” canon law. As I work my way around re-organizing Sylvia’s Site I will either compile a list, or make notation on the list I have started under the “Accused” page.
Meanwhile, here we are, a paltry four years downstream Levada’s appointment as head of the most influential congregation in the Vatican, and who but Levada is furiously circling the wagons around the Holy Father.
This is too too much. It boggles the mind, and gets more ridiculous by the minute.
Cardinal Levada, a man who himself engaged in secret pay-offs and recycling, going to bat for the beleaguered Holy Father!
I’ve linked the New York Times articles which either triggered Levada or were the straw which broke his back, but for convenience will also post the links here:
24 March 2010: Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys
24 March 2010: The Pope and the Pedophilia Scandal
Do I think the Holy Father cover-ed up? I honest and truly do not know. I believe it is possible that letters and documents which were sent to the CDF for his eyes were not shown to him. Such things do happen, particularly if officials with the CDF were keen to wrest control and protect their own. I will wait and see what comes out. Rest assured I am prepared for the worst. When it comes to cover-ups and clerical sexual predators I am well beyond my once naive beliefs that some people just wouldn’t do certain things. But I do want to see what the evidence is. I don’t believe I am in any position to assert that the Pope DID cover-up any more than Levada and/or any of the bishops clamouring to the Holy Father’s defence can assert that he did NOT.
So, I will wait and watch with keen interest. My disgust is mitigated with relief that we Roman Catholics may finallysee the Church purged of clerical sexual predators, be they pederasts, paedophiles, homosexual-paedophiles, heterosexual-paedophiles, bi-sexual-paedophiles, ephebophiles, homosexual-ephebophiles, heterosexual-ephebophiles (if there be such category), bi-sexual-ephebophiles (if there be such category), homosexual predators, bi-sexual predators, or heterosexual predators. And, not to forget, those who covered up on their behalf. We wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in today without them.
Perry dear, your day will come. Ditto all you victims who have yet to see justice done on this earth. I find these days I think a lot about bishops who retain lawyers for the sole purpose of defending the indefensible by belittling, disparaging and/or vilifying those who dare to point a finger at a clerical sexual predator. I think of ‘reputable’ lawyers who negotiate deals with gag orders, and who in many instances know that sexual predators are on the loose and stay mum. By the grace of God things will start to change.
In closing, a confession: I am getting sick and tired of Canadian bishops patting themselves on the back.
Enough for now,