"Don't Read Report, Rigali Says"
Cardinal Justin Rigali said yesterday that Catholics should avoid reading the district attorney's grand jury report, which accuses past leaders of the Philadelphia Archdiocese of covering up years of sexual abuse by priests.Good God.
Its "prolonged explanations of the abuse" are "very graphic," the Roman Catholic archbishop said in an interview at his Center City office yesterday.
The 418-page report, released Wednesday by District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, also "gives a very slanted view" of how the archdiocese now handles sex-abuse cases, he said.
"I don't think it's of value to families," Rigali said.
I love Rigali, I really do, and I'm just as hopping mad about the slant of the report as the next soldier in his army, but it's quotes like this from the consummate diplomat of the century that, candidly, drive me batty.
On a slightly less repressing note -- anything being less repressing than the local resurrection of the Index of Forbidden Books -- Rigali offers the strongest indicator yet that celibate homosexuals will be barred from seminary formation, responding to a question on the topic in these words:
"In due time, the position of the Holy See will be made public."The piece called that response a deflection. In reality, translating from the Rigaliese, it means "Done Deal." This becomes especially clear as the Eminence did not throw himself in front of the train by repeating his March 2002 position that "The majority of pedophiles are not celibate, but married men..."
And just when you thought the decibel level was high enough, Jill Porter of the Daily News raises it, oh, by about 14%
Frankly, the only equivalency [to the Philadelphia church] that comes to mind in terms of institutionalized inhumanity - as much as I usually avoid inflammatory Holocaust metaphors - is the Third Reich.When I saw that, I felt the need to bang my head against a wall. I still feel that need. But I'm sure as hell not gonna lose brain cells over an extremely seedy and unfortunate comparison. Again, Good God!
But the best quote, the emblematic quote, is from the Daily's lead article, which opens with these words:
Oh, this brave new world we live in. I'm still trying to get used to it.
They're still very, very sorry, and they'll try to make sure it won't happen again.
But they still insist the grand jury report about child sexual abuse by Philadelphia priests was unfair. Meanwhile, they're going to try to make sure that no gays become priests.