"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full."
"The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher."
"Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?"
"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."
1 Corinthians 27
The gay, alcoholic careerist bishop and the vain, eccentric old monsignor can scowl at me in public all they want. They look stupid and drunk with their faces turned beat red (and noses even more red). Failing Catholic publications can print whatever suits them. To be fair and just, I'll be making my own self-disclosures as I see fit. All of this in due time.
Then there's the sin of DETRACTION. According to Wikipedia: "In Roman Catholic theology, detraction is the sin of revealing another person's real faults to a third person without a valid reason, thereby lessening the reputation of that person..."
But let's factor in this often overlooked elaboration on the sin of DETRACTION (from the 1912 Catholic Encyclopedia):
Finally, even when the sin is in no sense public, it may still be divulged without contravening the virtues of justice or charity whenever such a course is for the common weal or is esteemed to make for the good of the narrator, of his listeners, or even of the culprit. The right which the latter has to an assumed good name is extinguished in the presence of the benefit which may be conferred in this way...
Journalists are entirely within their rights in inveighing against the official shortcomings of public men. Likewise, they may lawfully present whatever information about the life or character of a candidate for public office is necessary to show his unfitness for the station he seeks. Historians have a still greater latitude in the performance of their task. This is not of course because the dead have lost their claim to have their good name respected. History must be something more than a mere calendar of dates and incidents; the causes and connection of events are a proper part of its province. This consideration, as well as that of the general utility in elevating and strengthening the public conscience, may justify the historian in telling many things hitherto unknown which are to the disgrace of those of whom they are related...SEE: http://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/view.php?id=3802
Rhode Island attorney general Peter Kilmartin's term is up in another year. Let's hope his replacement is someone who's actually intelligent and ethical, who truly understands the law. That means investigating Bishop Thomas Tobin for his non-full disclosure of allegations of priests' impropriety. Selectively turning over files does not cut it. And let me say this: if such allegations are "not important" because the pervert priest is long dead, but the Church still has to hide it, then guess what else they're probably still hiding.