|Feds raid Galveston-Houston Chancery!|
Here’s a report from the local Houston media:
“I am a lay Catholic myself, but today I stand here as a district attorney of Montgomery County," Ligon said. "This is not a search warrant against the Catholic Church, but this search warrant is to review files that belonged to a defendant."
The morning search came as Cardinal Daniel DiNardo — who is currently serving as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — pledged a new era of transparency in the investigation of priest abuse allegations dating as far back as the 1950s.
"This archdiocese takes every allegation of wrongdoing brought to our attention seriously and is fully cooperating — and will cooperate — with any and all investigations related to the clergy abuse of minors," DiNardo wrote in an opinion column in Tuesday's Houston Chronicle. "We recognize the only way to resolve the abuse crisis and restore trust with the faithful is to address any and all accusations of abuse squarely and transparently."
The search on San Jacinto Street began around 9:30 a.m. and continued through the afternoon, with at least two boxes of evidence carried out.
Standing outside the church as about 60 law enforcement officials — including unspecified federal agents — searched inside, Ligon expressed trust in DiNardo's vow of transparency but said his confidence has limits, even as the archdiocese prepares to release the names of priests deemed to have been credibly accused.
Ligon told reporters that "the Catholic Church has cooperated to a degree."Nabi Asketh: Would this story be any more egregious if one were to replace the name “DiNardo” with “El Chapo” or “Al Capone”? That the head of the United States Catholic Bishops would allow the sexual abuse crisis in his own diocese to deteriorate to such depths is just, plain shocking!
"Even if DiNardo is cooperative, the people working for him may not," Ligon said. "He can be transparent all he wants, but what he doesn't know, he doesn't know. I'm born suspicious as hell. I assume people are going to lie to me and not tell the truth."
(Nicole Hensley and Samantha Ketterer November 28, 2018)
The fallout from this story will be much greater than what appears in Wednesday’s headlines of the Houston Chronicle….
The lack of trust in the hierarchy that already exists will only increase as more and more police “raids” take place.
The Separation Clause of the U.S. Constitution which has been, heretofore, a “friend” of all Churches, especially the Catholic Church, will be increasingly challenged by courts at all levels.
The bishops have dealt with the sexual abuse crisis as businessmen, CEO’s of corporations, relying on their public relations spokespersons and lawyers to dig them out of holes into which they have fallen. As the result we can expect them to be dealt with by the legal system as risks to society and worse, as criminals.
The bishop’s cover from various and sundry politicians and law enforcement officials will end with a thud. Out of concern for their own hides they are and will continue to distance themselves from the threat they fear to their careers posed by their identification with “corrupt” bishops.
We can expect RICO statutes (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) to be used by law enforcement as they respond to the cover-ups. Are criminal convictions and imprisonment beyond the realm of possibility in time?
We can expect lukewarm Catholics to continue to exit Church pews. The Church has already lost the majority of millennials.
Vocations will continue to decline.
And while the incidences of child sexual abuse (pedophilia) have significantly declined, clergy sexual abuse of late teen and young adult males (ephebophilia) continues.
Have the bishops forgotten that Our Lord gave His life for this Church? Does this Truth not demand that they do their very best, and sacrificially so, to keep His Body Holy and undefiled?
Nabi Sayeth: Woe unto the bad shepherds…..may they repent with truly contrite hearts before it is too late…
1. Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the flock of my pasture
2. Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who shepherd my people: You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds. (Jeremiah 23:1-2)