Vatican directive came from Congregation for Bishops

Did Cardinals Blase Cupich and Donald Wuerl, the American members of the Congregation, play role in ordering USCCB to postpone voting on proposed responses to sexual abuse crisis?

Bishop Coyne, Cardinal DiNardo, and Bishop Doherty at the USCCB press conference in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 12, 2018. (Credit: Christine Rousselle/CNA.)

The directive not to vote on the proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the response of the Church in the US to the sexual abuse crisis came from the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said Monday.

The president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was speaking at the first press conference held at the bishops’ autumn General Assembly in Baltimore Nov. 12.

DiNardo’s announcement seemed to shock almost everyone in the room, with the notable exception of Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, who rose immediately to say that “it is clear the the Holy See is taking the abuse crisis seriously.” (See Catholic News Agency article: “What just happened?” CNS photo/Bob Roller)

He indicated that the directive came not from Pope Francis, but directly from the Congregation for Bishops.

The American members of the Congregation for Bishops are Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago, and Donald Wuerl, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington.

DiNardo had announced the decision earlier in the day to “a visibly surprised conference hall.”

DiNardo said that the Holy See insisted that consideration of a code of conduct for bishops and a lay-led body to investigate bishops accused of misconduct be delayed until the conclusion of a special meeting called by Pope Francis for February.

Coyne told CNA that the bishops would also suspend their vote on establishing a third-party reporting system for complaints about episcopal conduct.

DiNardo said he found Rome’s decision to be “quizzical,” and suspected the Congregation for Bishops thought the US bishops might be moving too quickly.

The cardinal said he had proposed an apostolic visitation to deal with the problem, but that Rome had disagreed with that approach.

Full story at Catholic News Agency.

Comments

  1. The old american way would be to form a posse to apprehend an evildoer where local law was absent or where a corrupt sheriff would not act. In a rough way ,the posse operated under natural law principles.the old teutonic knights could work for catholic princes in a way similar to the way blackwater once did for the pentagon. A catholic posse may need to be invoked to render powerless those using their power to block american bishops from stopping abuse, especially in cases where members of vatican congregations are accused

    • Me thinks there is something rotten in Denmark or as in the present case, the Holy See.

      Regardless of the individual members’ fidelity to seeking a meaningful remedy, the USCCB, as a whole, can be best characterized as the willing accomplices of the “cabal” known as the Congregation for Bishops.

      As far as many of the laity are concerned — the act of one or two individuals is the act of ALL! Guilt, therefore, is imputed to all who stand idly by and did nothing.

    • Gabriel Espinosa says:

      Today the best way to render the toxicity of bad shepherds relatively harmless is through the money. Stop giving to the chancery. Make sure to donate at Mass using a check which specifically states “RESTRICTED USE FOR…” You write what the money may be used for. The heating, building maintenance, etc, etc.

      There is no other way to get through to these guys thatbthe laity is done being played…and raped for that matter.

    • Advocating mob rule is hardly the answer.

  2. Della Rovere says:

    Cupich’s and Wuerl”work no doubt.

    Probably with some onput also (secretly) from Uncle Teddy.

  3. In the code of justinian a judge was allowed to recuse himself if under suspicion of involvement in an issue. Jump to 1100 and recusal was required of a judge in english law. As a member of the congregation of bishops cdl wuerl should have recused himself if he was asked to be in on a discussion of or a vote on this move limiting the american bishops.

  4. So much for synodality.

  5. So be it, dont vote. More evidence against the cowards who endorce sodomite sex for a Grand Jury to vote on. These men continue to snitch on themselves and the truth will come out in a court room where those indited will have to raise there right and place the other on a Bible and lie again.

  6. DiNardo had announced the decision earlier in the day to “a visibly surprised conference hall.” What was so interesting was to watch Bishop Cupich present how he thought the bishops should handle this….sounded like he was fully informed about this well in advance of the meeting. This is an orchestrated event that probably was decided months ago.

  7. helen wheels says:

    provides plausible deniability
    for the Big Man

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