“How much more can the people of God put up with?”

Spokane Bishop Thomas Daly tells newspaper: "I would not call Archbishop Viganò a liar. I think he’s a man who wants to – I think he wants to make sure his conscience is clear before God."

Bishop Thomas Daly is a former auxiliary bishop for the San Jose diocese and onetime chaplain at Marin Catholic High School. He attended St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1987. He succeeded Cardinal Blase Cupich as Bishop of Spokane. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Light streamed into Bishop Thomas Daly’s office one recent afternoon as he spoke, in sometimes blunt terms, about the widening scandal of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the United States.

“It’s a moral crisis,” Daly said. “We have degenerate behavior, hypocrisy and now cover-up. My thought is, ‘How much more can the people of God put up with?’ ”

Sexual abuse scandals have rocked the church for nearly 17 years. After the Boston Globe exposed a systemic cover-up in that city’s archdiocese in 2002, similar reports emerged across the country and the world, forcing the church to pay billions of dollars in settlements and establish reporting and prevention programs. The Spokane diocese is among those with a history of predator priests – revelations that sent it into bankruptcy in the early 2000s and dogged it for more than a decade.

The diocese has responded to new allegations in the aftermath of the bankruptcy. Last year, for example, Daly sanctioned a retired priest, Otto Koltzenburg, who had been “credibly accused” of raping an altar boy in Spokane in the 1980s.

Asked if he was aware of any other allegations within the Spokane diocese, Daly said some people recently raised concerns that their family member had been abused, but that individual declined to speak about the matter.

Daly, meanwhile, said the church conducts annual audits of each diocese to ensure that claims of abuse and misconduct are handled correctly.

Recently, he said, the audits have been conducted by a large consulting firm, but he prefers when the interviewers have law enforcement background.

He said laypeople, and especially parents, should play a prominent role in holding the church accountable, too.

Some church procedures have been mandated by litigation and settlements. The Spokane diocese, for example, is required to publicly disclose when it has determined abuse allegations to be credible, as with Koltzenburg.

At this week’s conference in Baltimore, American bishops are certain to discuss the allegations against Cardinal McCarrick, as well as claims that Pope Francis and other church leaders have known about the allegations for years.

In a series of open letters, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò – a former papal ambassador, or nuncio, to the United States – has accused the pope of covering up McCarrick’s sexual abuse and giving comfort to a “homosexual current” within the Vatican. The letters have exacerbated cultural and ideological divides within the church, pitting Francis’ inclusive vision against conservative opponents of abortion and homosexuality.

Daly said he has no firsthand knowledge of the McCarrick situation. But Spokane’s bishop indicated he has some faith in Viganò.

“I would not call Archbishop Viganò a liar,” Daly said. “I think he’s a man who wants to – I think he wants to make sure his conscience is clear before God. Now, I don’t know the vast majority of his letter. But there are segments of that letter that I know and I can attest that are true.”

Full story at The Spokesman-Review.

Comments

  1. Ambrosio de Milano says:

    A voice of hope from Rome speaks the truth about Bergoglio’s pontificate. Finally another “insider” comes forth:

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-has-broken-with-previous-popes-causing-heresies-schisms-vatica

  2. Bishop Tom Daly is STELLAR!!
    He turned Marin Catholic around.
    He also has assisted with the turn around of St. Patrick’s Seminary.
    He was Vocation Director of San Francisco.
    He is Orthodox and loves Our Lady and Our Lord!!!

  3. they are leaving for other denominations or just giving up on faith all together

  4. Agreed wholeheartedly!!!

    Bp. Kaproki is also worthy of mention.

  5. ELIZABETH T. says:

    Jeannie is right on regarding Bishop Daly. He is the REAL DEAL!!! I know of a Priest whom was a good friend of our family, they were both ordained the same year at St. Patrick’s and ‘cut from the same cloth’ as it is said.
    I would place Bishop Daly in the same group as Cardinal Burke, AB Cordileone, and AB Chaput!!!

  6. Della Rovere says:

    What was credibly suspected all along, has been confirmed ——– Cupich and Wuerl did their Judas work behind the sneak attack on cancelling planned USCCB vote:

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cupich-and-wuerl-collaborated-on-alternative-sex-abuse-proposal-10934

    Duplicitious, back-stabbing Traitors!!!!!

    Bp. Daly, no matter whay you say or do, the continued double-crossing by Cupich and Wuerl reflect on you antd the ENTIRE USCCB, You and the Ametican bishops are vicariously responsible for Wuerl’s and Cupich’s action.

    You can not deny your SIN OF OMISSION!

    • Marty Tours says:

      The act of one or two is tje act of all. The omission of one or the few os the omission of all.

      These guys just don’t get it. Because of the offices you occupy, you (individually and as a group) are, therfore, responsible for each other. This responsibility extends to actions and failure to act.

  7. How much more can the People of God take? Zero!! After 60+ years of being a practicing Catholic, I stopped attending my local parish of 40 years on October 1st. The Catholic Church is corrupt and allows abuse of its most vulnerable members. The Catholic Church is not Holy. Good Bye to the Catholic Church…I am certain the only thing my parish priest will miss is my tithe. He doesn’t seem to know who I am!

  8. Elizabeth T. says:

    Hector, keep your eye on Jesus!!! Don’t let the devil drive you away from receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion! That’s just what the devil wants….people to leave Jesus’ Church.

    Don’t blame some Bishops whom abused people cause you to ‘throw the baby out with the bath water’.

    This is a time that Our Lord is pruning His Church, hang in there:)

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