For God’s sake, why do you damnable sodomites pursue the heights of ecclesiastical dignity with such fiery ambition. - St. Peter Damian, 1049
The USCCB will hold its semi-annual meeting in a few weeks. One of the items on the agenda is the election of a new president. If things go as expected the vice president, Bishop Gerald Kicanis, will move up. And what a fitting appointment he is for the bishops' vile bureaucracy. One of Bishop Kicanis' claims to fame is his enabling of mega-sex abuser, defrocked and jailed priest, Daniel McCormack.
Kicanis was the rector of Mundelein Seminary in the 1990s when McCormack was a seminarian there and knew of three cases of "sexual improprieties," one involving a minor. Kicanis recommended McCormack's ordination anyway. His assessment even after McCormack's history of child sex abuse was, "It would have been grossly unfair not to have ordained him. There was a sense that his activity was part of the developmental process and that he had learned from the experience. I was more concerned about his drinking. We sent him to counseling for that." Sexual activity with a minor is part of the "developmental process?" Please!
So 23 youngsters (at least) were sexually abused and psychologically damaged because it was "unfair" to recognize McCormack's homosexual depravity for what it was and refuse him ordination. To see exactly how horrible McCormack's actions were go here and read what one father only recently learned about the homosexual rape of his young son over a three-year period. He can thank Bishop Kicanis for helping it happen.
How many "sexual improprieties" involving minors are necessary, Bishop Kicanis, to know someone shouldn't be ordained? Current USCCB head, Cardinal Francis George, was also involved in promoting and enabling McCormack. He kept him on even after his own review board recommended action and after McCormack was arrested on charges of molestation.
McCormack went to jail in 2007 but the men who enabled him were elected by their brother bishops to run their national group. And now Bishop Kicanis, who could have stopped McCormack at the outset from having access to kids, is positioned to move into the top slot.
God help us.
For an interesting article on the liberal Bishop Kicanis go here.