How much longer?

As John pointed out on Monday, another Development and Peace partner supporting contraception has been busted.

For those of you keeping score at home, that brings the total list of anti-Catholic, anti-life partners of D&P to 53.

Good grief. 53? Planned Parenthood must be jealous.

For some reason, this incident has disturbed me more than others. I think it’s because it was prefaced by Archbishop Richard Smith’s “trust me” message. If I was a bishop in this country trying to regain the trust of the faithful, I wouldn’t participate in any photo-op with a D&P partner unless a background check had been done to make sure the partner was clean. This obviously wasn’t done. The evidence we exposed wasn’t buried in a secret vault. It just took just 15 minutes and a search engine to dig it up. Somebody couldn’t be bothered for even that.

There’s a sort of flippancy about this whole affair on the part of the bishops. Even now, after all we’ve been through.  Even as they try to reform D&P and regain our trust, the whole thing smells of sloppiness, neglect and half-heartedness, as if being dragged kicking and screaming to where they’d rather not go.

“Trust me,” he says.

This is a bad way to start a 2-year stint as head of the CCCB.

Almighty God, how much longer?

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