Did Dario Cardinal Castrillion Hoyos actually say this?
I’m groping for a context in which it would be even remotely appropriate, but am failing to find one. Yes, there is a father/son dynamic between bishops and their priests, but the demands of justice must also be met.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) reformed the way such cases were dealt with in 2001, at the tail end of the timeframe in which the above case occurred. Ratzinger was appointed in May. This scenario wound down in September.
The short term benefit will be that the MSM may be paying more attention to the reforms Ratzinger made once appointed to deal with the abuse cases. I feel like a leaf in a dust devil. I understand Hoyos’ zeal for the bond between a bishop and his priests. I do not understand his ignorance of the demands of justice.
My gut tells me his head is on the chopping block.
UPDATE: For balance, you might want to read this. TYVM to Padre Giovanni Trigilio over at The Black Biretta.