Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, February 13, 2012 8:23 pm

Burn in hell, Edward Egan …

… for you are a monster:

CT Magazine:  In 2002, you wrote a letter to parishioners in which you said, “If in hindsight we discover that mistakes may have been made as regards prompt removal of priests and assistance to victims, I am deeply sorry.”

EGAN: First of all, I should never have said that. I did say if we did anything wrong, I’m sorry, but I don’t think we did anything wrong. But I hate to go back over this. I think there’s more to life than that one issue, especially when I had no cases.

Jesus wept. Literally. There is so much wrong with these four sentences from Egan, this one short paragraph, that I’m surprised the very pixels on my monitor haven’t burst in outrage.

First of all, his “apology” was a nonapology (“If we discover that mistakes may have been made …”). By that time, as then-Bishop Egan then knew, many such mistakes had been thoroughly documented and already in the public record.

Now he says he shouldn’t even have said that much? The mind. It boggles.

And the reason he says that is that he doesn’t think the diocese and archdiocese did anything wrong. Never mind what the independent experience of victims, their families, law enforcement and social workers found. It’s what he thinks that gets to determine what goes into the history books.

And he hates to go back over it. Awwwww, poor widdle factotum, he hates to go back over this. Does he not understand that the victims are forced to go back over it, every single day of their lives? Does he not understand the devastation that sexual abuse wreaks upon the soul of a child — devastation that many, despite the best care, never get over?

I guess that has to be a rhetorical question, because then he says, “I think there’s more to life than that one issue, especially when I had no cases.”

Because it’s all about you, isn’t it, you narcissistic turdwaffle? Sure, there’s more to life, but in the lives of the victims, the pain, shame, humiliation, guilt, self-recrimination and second-guessing are the issue of life, every day, forever. But the fact that you “had no cases” — which, frankly, I don’t think is fact at all; I think it’s bullshit — somehow trumps what the victims went through and, in some cases, their further victimization, through intimidation or blackmail, by a church desperate to keep its skirts clean, its donations flowing and the moral rot at its heart somehow, in Bizarro World, consonant with its professed principles.

And these are the people claiming the moral authority to decide whether women who aren’t even Catholic can get their contraception covered by health insurance.

Burn in hell, you toad.


Monday, January 4, 2010 11:14 pm

Honestly, I was going to go to bed without blogging tonight …

… and then I read about this guy:

A defrocked Roman Catholic priest who operated his own church in Riverside County pleaded guilty today to possessing illegal drugs, authorities said.

Anthony Martinez Garduno, 51, a self-proclaimed Catholic bishop, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug count and four felony drug counts, including possession of the “date-rape” narcotic GHB, authorities said.

Garduno also pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen .32-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

Garduno was arrested Dec. 29 after detectives determined he was selling methamphetamine and was in possession of other drugs at his Our Lady of Tepeyac Church, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

Detectives are investigating allegations that Garduno sexually assaulted underage males at the church, the department said.

Garduno was tried by the Roman Catholic Church for heresy and defrocked in 1993, said John Andrews, a spokesman for the  Diocese of San Bernardino.

“He has no official relationship to the Roman Catholic Church,” Andrews said.

OK, bad enough that a guy dressed and acting like a priest is running around with a stolen gun and roofies. Worse still that he may have sexually assaulted anyone, let alone kids (of whatever gender).

But what just kills me is: This guy’s 51, which means he was 35 in 1993. Which means that if he’s doing bad things to people now, there is roughly zero chance he wasn’t already doing bad things to people in 1993. And what’s the Roman Catholic Church proud of? That they defrocked him for having guns or date-rape drugs or molesting kids? No, they’re proud that they defrocked him for heresy.

Yeah, that’s right, Church, you go ahead and party like it’s 1399.

OK, now I’m going to bed.

Friday, November 27, 2009 5:12 pm

Odds and ends for 11/27

  • Down in the desert: Dubai, whose potential sovereign-debt default is in today’s news, is messed up, economically and in other ways. Zero Hedge’s Marla Singer, who has spent time there, offers a pretty readable summary. Key takeaway: Dubai’s travails say a lot less about the pitfalls of capitalism than meets the eye.
  • Housing-market update: I’m not smart enough to know what to do about this, but more U.S. homes are in delinquency or foreclosure than are for sale.
  • The “deadbeat stimulus”: At least $160 billion a year.
  • Tim F. observes how the health-care reform bill is being set up to fail.
  • Martyrs: The people trying desperately to help Sarah Palin run her life are getting no help at all from the boss. I’m shocked.
  • The Obama-Bush Administration: The Obama Justice Department’s arguments against exoneration for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman are being prepared by the very same people involved in the original frame-up — the one in which Karl Rove was involved up to his eyeballs. So spare me all this talk about how much better things are in government now that Obama has replaced Bush.
  • So if we fire all the execs who ran the banking system into the ground, the banking system will crash and burn? Well, pardon me for agreeing with a former public official who barebacked a whore, but I’m thinking we should test that hypothesis.
  • Apologies are fine, but the Roman Catholic Church needs to take some of the time it’s spending on apologies and spend it on turning the guilty over to police. Also? Any institution with this kind of problem needs to get itself fixed before presuming to comment upon moral issues.
  • Relatedly, not only does a 2007 court filing by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, last seen denying communion to Rep. Patrick Kennedy because Kennedy won’t oppose abortion, admit the existence of more than twice as many accused priests as the diocese had admitted just three years earlier, it also cites that high number (~125) as a reason why court-ordered disclosure of documents would be excessively “burdensome.” Awwwww …
  • Unproductive speculation: If anyone has any ideas about how to end it other than by taxing financial transactions — an idea devised in 1972 by a Nobel winner, by the way — I’m all ears. But it needs to end.

Monday, April 6, 2009 10:44 pm

They didn’t just know …

Filed under: I want my religion back. — Lex @ 10:44 pm
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… they knew, and were covering it up, 50 years ago:

As early as the mid-1950s, decades before the clergy sexual-abuse crisis broke publicly across the U.S. Catholic landscape, the founder of a religious order that dealt regularly with priest sex abusers was so convinced of their inability to change that he searched for an island to purchase with the intent of using it as a place to isolate such offenders, according to documents recently obtained by NCR. …

Fitzgerald’s convictions appear to significantly contradict the claims of contemporary bishops that the hierarchy was unaware until recent years of the danger in shuffling priests from one parish to another and in concealing the priests’ problems from those they served.

It is clear, too, in letters between Fitzgerald and a range of bishops, among bishops themselves, and between Fitzgerald and the Vatican, that the hierarchy was aware of the problem and its implications well before the problem surfaced as a national story in the mid-1980s.

Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Los Angeles archdiocese, reacting in February to a federal investigation into his handling of the crisis, said: “We have said repeatedly that … our understanding of this problem and the way it’s dealt with today evolved, and that in those years ago, decades ago, people didn’t realize how serious this was, and so, rather than pulling people out of ministry directly and fully, they were moved.”

Shorter Mahoney: “In 1952, no one in the Roman Catholic Church realized that buggering children was a crime.”

Jesus wept.

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