Cardinal Mahoney sleeps with the…

Cardinal Mahoney sleeps with the fishes?

Frank Keating, who was forced out as chair of the Catholic Church sexual abuse review board for his blunt comments, has no apologies.

“But Keating did not back off in his resignation letter. “My remarks, which some bishops found offensive, were deadly accurate,” he wrote to the head of the bishops conference, Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Ill. “I make no apology. To resist grand jury subpoenas, to suppress the names of offending clerics, to deny, to obfuscate, to explain away — that is the model of a criminal organization, not my church.”

Most of the bishops have been fully supportive of the board’s efforts, he noted. But he added that the church must not “condone and cover up criminal activity” or “follow a code of silence.”

Patt Morrison of the L.A Times adds

“I can say this much: The church might have been better off if it had been a little more ruthlessly Mafioso, kicking out its fallen priests.

The Mob gets rid of troublemakers in its midst. It doesn’t shuffle them around like a game of three-card monte; it sees that they sleep with the fishes. Not the loaves and fishes.”

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