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?