Anyone reading Andrew Greeley's novels would know about such things, but apparantly this author has the references.
The bad thing is that he points to the ever liberal "peace and justice" nuns who are fighting it (and whose answer he hints to, but doesn't go into detail about, is to get married priests, women priests, and of course allow homosexual priests of both sexes, and legalize abortion and birthcontrol).
So some bishops steal, and others are careless about money.
Nothing new about this.
Heck, modern theologians get upset when Judas is called "a thief" but of course to those living back then, everyone knew he was taking "gifts" from those wishing to see Jesus, and taking his cut of money out of the purse. I suspect he was also getting gifts for spying from the authorities, which is why they knew exactly who to pay to find out where Jesus is hiding.
Here in the Philippines, some bishops were called up because they had accepted money for SUV's from the charity sweepstakes that was being gutted by politicians. Most of the luxury SUV's turned out to be pickup trucks or ambulances or used 4wd cars to travel on the dirty roads, and the bishops just gave back the cars and parked them in front of the senate when the administration tried to make it a scandal (they are trying to destroy the church to pass the "reproductive health bill" that is being pushed by NGO's, the UN and the USA).
What few Americans don't realize is that for years, the NGO/NWO types who ran the Irish media and governments were trying to destroy the Catholic church who was standing in the way of their agenda.
The sex abuse cases enabled them to do this, and more shame to the bishops.
From Catholic world news:
August 24, 2011
The former vicar general of Ireland’s Cloyne diocese has conceded that he should have resigned in 1996, since he was unwilling to enforce the sex-abuse policies adopted by the Irish hierarchy.
Msgr. Denis O’Callaghan said, in a letter to the Irish Catholic, that he objected to the mandatory reporting of sex-abuse charges, which was an important aspect of the bishops’ guidelines. That requirement, he said, conflicted with the “Christian duty of pastoral care” for accused priests. He pointed out that in some cases, mandatory reporting would have required taking action against priests who were elderly and/or terminally ill. “The literal guidelines did not allow for any discretion to bishops and their delegates,” he said.
Msgr. O’Callaghan—who had handled sex-abuse complaints for Bishop John Magee--reported that the Murphy Commission, which issued a scathing report on the failure of the Cloyne diocese to report sex-abuse charges, was aware of his “commitment to pastoral care.” He complained that the commission’s report nevertheless concentrated on the failure to follow the mandatory-reporting rule.
And the right wing blogosphere in the US now reports about those who are doing the groundwork to make pedophilia just another lifestyle choice.
Some of those involved seem to be voices in the past who helped get the US Catholics into this mess.
Then I wondered about this:
McGinnity was appointed Junior Dean at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland's national seminary, when he was 26 years old. He was appointed Senior Dean at the age of 32 in 1978, decades younger than previous holders of the post.
In 1984, he was approached by students who had concerns about the behaviour of the college's Vice President, Dr Michael Ledwith, including concerns of a sexual nature. He was abruptly dismissed from his position by Tomás Ó Fiaich, archbishop of his home diocese, acting on behalf of the Trustees (17 bishops) of the College, after he raised concerns with the bishops on behalf of six seminarians about the extravagant lifestyle of Ledwith.
McGinnity is, of course, associated with the now discredited (by a media witchhunt) seer Christine Gallagher.
her house of prayer was shut down by Bishop Neary in 2008.
when I heard that, I remembered Teresa of Avila saying what was the fuss about a bunch of ladies praying. But I didn't know the details.
I believe Mrs. Gallagher is a true seer, maybe just a natural clairvoyance... but like many, she is not infallible, and like any celebrity, got some weirdos in her followers. It is interesting that she is the only "seer" who saw huge loss of life from tsunamis, and predicted this years before the Boxer day tsunami....most seers predicted all sorts of stuff, but not tsunamis.
Coincidence? confusion? who knows. The failure of the church to adequately supervise her may be one of the problems.
but it is unclear if Neary is part of the problem or part of the solution for the present problem of the Irish church.