There are good days and there are bad days. The weekend made for two of the good days – family and dear friends both days. And beautiful weather. Not too terribly hot. Not too muggy. And not too cold. I often get so involved with running this site that there is little time to ‘smell the flowers.’ This weekend I took time to smell the flowers. Beautiful!
Now back to business 🙂
An informative article in the Toronto Star on Saturday which was picked up the Hamilton Spectator:
25 & 26 July 2010: In St. Catharine’s, it’s silence for the lambs
Amazing isn’t it? Nearly four months since Bishop Wingle abdicated and not an official boo of his whereabouts? No one but no one in a position of authority is saying a word. It’s all top secret.
I find it both intriguing and disturbing to read that Father James Kneale has been lobbying for reinstatement. Good on Wingle for holding strong on that one.
I find it perhaps more disturbing to read that Kneale has the support of a number of priests in the diocese.
What does that say for those clergy? What hope is there to purge the Church of molesters if their tolerant peers are busily lobbying to have them recycled?
In 2001 Calgary’s Bishop Fred Henry tried to slip Kneale in on an unsuspecting flock at St. Patrick’s in southwest Calgary . Actually Henry did slip Kneale in, quite successfully – until the cat wiggled out of the bag and the enlightened and infuriated parishioners insisted Kneale be removed.
How can we ever hope to clean up the sanctuaries and ensure that Catholic children are not wilfully placed at risk with the likes of this? And what is in the minds of clergy who seem to think that a priest who hypocritically administered the sacraments while actively sexually abusing young boys is fit to lead anyone towards salvation?
What is the problem here?
And why would Kneale, a convicted clerical molester, be actively trying to push his way back into the sanctuary? Surely he should be anxious to spend the rest of his days in prayer and fasting? Surely he should realize the damage his reprehensible sins and crimes have wrought – upon his victims, his fellow priests, and upon the Church? Why is he not so so anxious to atone for his sins that he is begging to be laicized (defrocked)?
So, at least hats off to Wingle for not buckling to the pressure to recycle Kneele. And, for that matter, hats off to him for prohibiting general absolution.
By the sound of it, Wingle had his hands full dealing with dissident clergy.
But, why did he run? Why not stay and fight the good fight like every good Catholic bishop should and must?
If Wingle had health issues, why no request for prayers? A request for prayers for a suffering bishop would be the the Catholic way, would it not? Many a bishop has continued to serve while battling serious health issues, and always amidst a multitude of requests for prayers and Masses. If this is about health issues, why the veil of secrecy?
And who was the priest who was forced to retire after parents complained of his inappropriate behaviour with youth? Where is he now? Were his misdeeds reported to police? Does anyone know that this man is a molester?
So many questions…..
Why did Wingle instruct his clergy not to talk to the media about Grecco?
Why did he run?
Why did he abdicate?
Why the secrecy?
Where is he now?
Why allow speculation to run rampant? especially at a time like this?.
Anonymous in Jerusalem, are you still there? We haven’t heard from you for ages. Can you give us an update?
I will get the information on the Columbus Boy’s Camp together later. I didn’t get near it over the weekend
Enough for now,