shielded O’Connell, joining the criminal conspiracy established by your predecessor Michael F. McAuliffe to victimize the vulnerable.
It is evident that you and your accomplices have lived your lives between the lines of law and custom, empty cassocks with no inner core of conviction.
It is appropriate, therefore, to note Benedict XVI’s reconfiguration
of the College of Cardinals: a situation that requires us to diverge a moment and update the commentary following, which was published originally at Come to the Stable/The Stephen Spalding Foundation,
29 March 2009.
― William Blake
Timothy M. Dolan — archbishop of
New York, newly appointed to the
College of Cardinals, and Prince
of the Church — represents the
next generation of accomplices protecting sexual predators
employed by the Roman
Catholic Church in the
travelled from Milwaukee,
Wisc., where he was the sitting
archbishop, to St. Louis, Mo.
He came home to visit an uncle
hospitalized with a serious
illness. There he saw a priest
who criticized him in a face-to-
face meeting about his handling
of the clergy child molestation
scandal in St. Louis and Milwaukee.
the Truth about Clergy Sex Abuse
St. Louis native for causing
scandal by allowing Archbishop
Rembert Weakland, O.S.B., to
participate in his consecration
ceremony of apostolic succession
in Milwaukee. The peccadillos
of the disgraced Benedictine
monk, who paid out more than $450,000 in hush money to a
vulnerable adult that he had
molested for many years, cannot
be whitewashed by the laying of
hands by the successors of the
Apostles (woe to him through
whom scandal comes, according
to Luke 17.1, 2).
Dolan’s consecration as archbishop of Milwaukee was a perversion of truth, this priest noted. Further, he chastised Dolan for using his homily to gloss over Weakland’s immorality with deceitful humor.
An Irish Tragedy
chronicles the rise
of Bishop Anthony J.
O’Connell and the
history of the
crisis in the
inconvenience. But by the end of his tenure
in Milwaukee, Dolan commissioned a bronze
plaque of Weakland surrounded by children:
vainglorious commemoration within the walls
of the Milwaukee cathedral that proved that
this ecclesial evaluation accurate.
offense. He belittled gross indecency as
a mere trifle. He repudiated victimization
and sexual molestation as if it were a small
thing to despoil and defraud the weak.
Dolan may have extolled Weakland’s “virtue”
in 2002, but five years later he attacked the
San Francisco gay community and coerced
Miller Brewery to end its sponsorship of the Folsom Street Fair. Another telling tale of this man’s prevarication with the truth.
|Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan receives the |
pallium from Pope John Paul II during a
ceremony in June 2003.
of Plausible Deniability
and priest occurred shortly
after the publication of an
insightful book about childhood
sexual abuse and pedophiles
priests in the United States;
the role of the Irish church
in this debacle; and the
criminal conspiracy by church
administrators to conceal
Rev. Gary P. Wolken:
One of two St. Louis
pedophile priests who
shared Dolan’s St. Louis
residence when he was
an auxiliary bishop
there. Dolan continues
to protect Wolken and
to lobby for this sexual
predator’s early prison
to protect children and vulnerable adults
from ordained sexual predators is encapsulated
in An Irish Tragedy: How Sex Abuse by Irish
Priests Helped Cripple the Catholic Church.
The author, Joe Rigert, is an investigative
reporter in Minneapolis, Minn., not only
captures the essence of the sexual
molestation crisis nationwide — with
a special focus on Missouri’s bishops —
he also gives new life to those
victimized as youngsters.
of Cardinal Law to Protect Child Predators
molestation scandal has become the new
benchmark for this culture of denial and
obfuscation: a rejuvenated sense of clerical
self-righteousness and arrogance as it pertains
to the American legal system. His attitude pushes the protection of children and vulnerable adults further down the scale of all reporting
standards necessary for a safe society
the Rev. Bryan Kuchar, who was
sentenced to three years in the
St. Louis County Jail in Clayton
following his August 2003 conviction
on three counts of statutory sodomy.
Kuchar was released into the custody
of the archdiocese of St. Louis in
August 2006 with the promise that
he would be defrocked. He never
expressed remorse for his crimes
Dolan’s early education at Cardinal
Glennon College — as with Bernard
Cardinal Law’s studies (1955-1961)
at the Pontifical College Josephinum
in Columbus, Ohio — is the bedrock
of this self-serving attitude toward
the law. It is a misperception of
justice reinforced by training at the Pontifical North American College
in Rome and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.,
particularly for careerists like Dolan in pursuit of a degree in canon law and higher church office. As a result, the cult of plausible deniability, as far as pedophile priest are concerned, continues to flourish as if it were a Medieval rose garden.
archbishop of St. Louis, tapped Dolan to
restructure the seminary program there
in the late 80’s as Cardinal Glennon College/Kenrick Seminary.
With Rigali’s approval, Dolan tossed
out the Vincentians — The Society
of St. Vincent de Paul, Congregation of
the Mission — who established the
institution of higher learning in 1818
on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Dolan replaced the 177-year-old curriculum
with a fundamentalist regimen. He recruited
a team of third-rate academics to staff the
new Bible college cum school of theology.
a residential facility for pedophile priests
near St. Louis (a former boys ranch and
boarding school owned and operated by
the Rev. Bertin Miller, O.F.M., a 76-year-
oldFranciscan priest, who refurbished his
property to accommodate this newly
church-sponsored revenue stream and
protect this brand of child molester).
Poised for Expansion and Control
Kenrick reformation as a revitalized training
center for the next generation of clergy in the
United States. Dolan used the re-varnished image
of St. Louis seminary education to launch the next
phase of his international career: rector of the
North American College in Rome (1994-2001).
Rigali promoted Dolan to auxiliary bishop as the
follow-up to his tenure at the North American.
Dolan, in turn, continued to nurture his reputation
as an expert on the priestly formation of Roman
Kenrick alumni work in parishes in Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Tennessee, and other
states throughout the Middle West.
Kenrick alumni also lead the dioceses of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.
(Robert W. Finn, who was a St. Louis auxiliary with Dolan), Kansas City,
Kan. (Joseph F. Naumann), Fort Worth, Texas (Kevin W. Vann), Jefferson City, Mo. (John R. Gaydos, Carberry’s last secretary and member, board of governors, Pontifical North American College in Rome), and Dolan from Milwaukee and now New York. Bishop Michael J. Sheridan of Colorado Springs, Colo., is a former St. Louis auxiliary bishop as well as a Kenrick alumnus and former faculty member.
from rector to bishop of Springfield, Ill.; and, now, he is the archbishop
of Omaha, Nebr. Bishop J. Terry
Steib of Memphis is a former
St. Louis auxiliary.
of O’Connell, a member of the
Kenrick ordination class of 1963.
As a the key member of the
Vatican’s Congregation of Bishops,
Law appointed O’Connell as the
first bishop of Knoxville, Tenn.
In 1998, O’Connell moved up
in prestige as bishop of Palm
Beach, Fla., with the help of
his great friend.
sent his students to study there
when he was bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Mo. (1973-1984); so, too, his successor, James Van Johnston — O’Connell’s Knoxville protégé — continues this tradition.
Knoxville is Richard F. Stika, a member of
the 1985 Kenrick ordination class.
on protecting pedophile priests such as
Kuchar and Wolken, who were a year behind
him in seminary. It should not be surprising,
then, that Stika is a member of the USCCB
Committee on Child and Youth Protection
(of which Gaydos is an alumnus).
This member of the new generation of
church management to protect pedophile
priests has earned his stripes, or should
we say cassock piping, as a leading figure
in the St. Louis archdiocese. For example,
as chancellor of the archdiocese of St. Louis,
he coordinated the 1999 visit of John Paul II
Stika likes to joke that JPII is his spiritual grandfather, because the pontiff consecrated
Rigali as archbishop of the Mississippi river
town, and Rigali appointed the chancellor as
bishop of Knoxville. It is amusing that the Knoxville diocesan website includes a page dedicated to Rigali in addition to contact
information for the disgraced churchman.
Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb.,
should be included in this mix because
he has maintained and strengthened
the culture established by his immediate predecessor, the legendary bishop Glennon P.
Flavin (1967-1992) of St. Louis.
least four young girls during his Missouri
career (ordained a priest in 1941; auxiliary
bishop, 1957-1967). The allegations are
noteworthy in that Roman Catholic ritual
was used to victimize these children.
to have associated with a number of
predatory priests using religious ceremony
as a guise to attack young girls. According
to the victims, this group includes Msgr.
Maurice F. Byrne, former St. Louis vice-
chancellor; Msgr. George A. Lodes, who
built and dedicated in 1978 Sainte
Geneviève du Bois Church in Warson Woods,
Mo.; and Msgr. Michael Owens.
Flavin, is the first pastor with who Dolan
shared a rectory as a newly ordained
priest. Dolan considers Cornelius Flavin
(1909-1996) to be a modern-day Jean-
Baptiste-Marie Vianney, the 19th century
French priest canonized 1925 by Pius XI
and now known as the Curé D’Ars, patron
of clergymen. How Cornelius Flavin dealt
with his brother and his brother’s associates
is open to speculation in light of the fact
that the archdiocese of St. Louis maintains
control of documents that identify pedophile
priests. But history tells us we can assume
Burke, who is still chairman of Kenrick’s
board of trustees, was appointed
chief justice of the Vatican’s supreme
court in 2008. He is a leader of the
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign
Priest (Institutum Christi Regis Summi
Sacerdotis), a reactionary organization
similar to the Society of St. Pius X
and the Legionnaires of Christ.
Liturgical Movement (NLM), whose
acolytes betray an unnatural devotion
to silk brocade, antique lace, and velvet
buskins (sacerdotal slippers) and disguise
their fetish for candlewick embroidery
and goldwork needlepoint with militant
devotion for Gregorian chant and music
of the Renaissance. Frou-frou and lacey
finery are not bad things, even though it
is not uncommon for Burke’s ecclesial
ensemble costs as much as $30,000.
As it is, Burke is now the Carrie
Bradshaw of the American hierarchy
and we must wonder at the so-called
churchman who lives so extravagantly
on someone else’s money during our
long-term economic peril and ignores
sex crimes perpetrated against children.
Next Time: Part II — The Next Generation Response Continues.