Okay, first we have a hand-written note from late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordering the destruction of a memorandum naming 35 Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests suspected of sexually abusing children.
During 10 appearances before a grand jury in 2003 and 2004, Bevilacqua denied knowing details or playing a significant role in the handling of sex-abuse complaints, saying he delegated those duties to [an assistant, who is now on trial for covering them up].
"I saw no evidence at any time that we did any cover-up," he testified.Meanwhile, over in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Bishop Walker Nickless says plans to require health insurance to cover contraception are a plot by the the Devil, and says Christians "have to stand up and violently oppose this."
No, really, he said violently.
See for yourself:
A loyal, practicing Catholic once told me, when speaking of the Catholic hierarchy, "the higher up they are, the more evil they are." I have seen nothing to contradict that since Cardinal Joseph Bernardin died.
I apologize to anyone who is offended.
A hat tip to Steve Benen, from whom I stole my last two posts.