Ah, life as a Bishop!!!
Anyone besides me getting tired of these guys flaunting themselves in luxury daring to “pontificate’ on how we should live and continue to support their life style?
How many will visit with the 4,000 plus homeless on the streets of Seattle. How many will visit AIDS sufferers living with little or no money, sharing life in group homes scattered around Seattle.
In case you were wondering the “Excellencies” are bunking down at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. Here is a tidbit they will find next to the chocolate on their pillow:
“…Stroll through connecting sky bridges and discover more than 250 shops, 45 restaurants and lounges and plenty of entertainment options harbored inside this chic urban streetscape. Whether you want to explore the nearby wine country or conquer the great outdoors, start your adventure at the luxurious accommodations of the Hyatt Regency Bellevue…”
If you want to snap out of this Disney dream world watch the following Nightline production recently aired in competition to Leno and Letterman.
N.Y. Times 14 June 2011
“…Despite recent cases in which Roman Catholic bishops failed to report or suspend priests accused of child sexual abuse, the bishops head into a meeting in Seattle on Wednesday proposing no significant revisions to the abuse prevention policies they passed in 2002 at the height of the scandal.
The bishops had promised that they would take a hard look at their policies in light of new accusations in Philadelphia and Kansas City, Mo., which have shaken many Catholics, not just in those dioceses, but across the country as well. The incidents have led some Catholics to question whether bishops are complying with their own policies, and whether there is any accountability for bishops who do not.
In the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Bishop Robert W. Finn admitted last month that he allowed a priest who had taken pornographic pictures of parish girls to continue celebrating Mass and having access to children.
Bishop Finn also acknowledged he did not read a letter sent to his office a year earlier by a Catholic school principal warning that parents, teachers and staff members suspected that the priest, the Rev. Shawn Ratigan, was a child molester. Father Ratigan was arrested on May 19 on child pornography charges.
“There’s no accountability and there’s no transparent protocol,” said Pat O’Neill, the co-owner of a public relations and marketing firm in Kansas City, who once served as a consultant for the diocese there. “I have never seen the anger as deep and widespread as I have seen and heard and felt it these last three weeks. It’s coming from people that I know of as very conservative, very devout, especially younger people.”
In Philadelphia, a grand jury recently found that Cardinal Justin Rigali allowed 37 priests accused of abuse or inappropriate behavior to remain in ministry. The grand jury also indicted the former head of the archdiocesan office for clergy, Msgr. William Lynn, on charges of endangering the welfare of children — the first such indictment of a senior church official. William Lynn, on charges of endangering the welfare of children — the first such indictment of a senior church official.
In both of these dioceses, the bishops never informed their sexual abuse “review boards” about the cases. In his two years in the diocese of Gallup, N.M., Bishop James S. Wall never met with his review board even though the diocese was supposedly conducting a review of abuse cases, a situation first reported by the Gallup Independent newspaper…”
On and on and on it goes.
Should be as simple as, “Keep your hands off our kids!!”