The Vatican has made a statement
One of the commentators over at Fr. Z's said, in response to the Australian bishop being removed from his post for, among other things, advocating women's ordination, that he wished the Vatican had issued such a response to Cardinal Law, because the liberal wing of the Church would attack the Vatican's decision in the Australian case on just those grounds: Sure, they're silent about pedophiles, but just try and say that women should be ordained and they lower the boom.... A few days later, the Catholic Reporter did exactly that.
The accusation is used, and it has traction, because there is truth to it. The Vatican has not reacted as forcefully to pedophiles as it has to the Australian bishop, and they've done it again. Yesterday, Canadian bishop Raymond J. Lahey (who is, among other things, responsible for the Catholic Book of Worship III. More on that another time.) pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer as part of a plea bargain. He would plead guilty to possession, and the crown would not charge him with distribution. Thus far, the Vatican has had this to say on the case:
But they did accept his resignation.
Something, anything, would be better than this.They are making it too easy for the liberals in the Church. It is like shooting fish in a barrel. I could write it myself: "The priests and bishops can prey upon the very weakest members of the flock, and there is no reprisal, but just try and question the sacred brotherhood, or suggest it needs some changes, and you're fried." Too easy, and too true.