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Monday, July 18, 2011


Charles E Flynn

Ireland: Law proposed to force priests to break the Seal of Confession.

bill bannon

Bishop Magee dreaming of the semenarian frightens me way more than the judicial-seal of confession angle of this thread. Do we have any idea how many of these people are in the hierarchy? I don't think we do. In book 3 of the Republic, Plato said an excess of culture makes men effeminate and an excess of sports makes men brutal.
Let's compromise. Bishops and priests in the future should have a football or boxing background....or mixed martial arts. Someone do something. How many seminarians left and went back to the world after such moments as the one described. But I'm glad Pope Benedict has time for writing his third book. Lord....send us a Pope who loves micromanaging from 8AM til 4PM and is suspicious of what subsidiarity has come to mean....and who does personal visitations of dioceses. Enough already with our supplying Jay Leno with constant material.

Sandra Miesel

Bishop Magee does not come off at all well in John Cornwell's somewhat plausible book about the death of Pope John Paul I, A THIEF IN THE NIGHT. That pope's other personal secretary was sent into obscurity by his Italian religious order. Makes you wonder, eh what?

Lori Pieper

In regard to Cornwell's book, no one comes off well. This is largely because Cornwell lied his head off when writing. He apparently lied about how he came to write the book (the Vatican insists, quite plausibly, that they did not commission the work from him as he said). He didn't hesitate to alter written sources, and mistranslate things from Italian - I actually exposed these lies at the time the book came out.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if he distorted and altered the text of his interviews. In fact, Fr. Lorenzi, the Pope's other secretary, told me that at least one thing Cornwell has him saying was not true. Bishop Magee gave another interview to 30 Giorni which came out while Cornwell's book was either still being written or being prepared for print. This is an enormous difference in tone between this interview and the one Cornwell claim that Magee gave him. Cornwell's version is quite exaggerated and padded with Cornwell's own hyped-up statements throughout.

As for Fr. Lorenzi -- who I met and interviewed personally -- he is a religious and dedicated to his missionary work, which he has carried on in different parts of the world. Obscurity and hiddenness for Christ is a meritorious thing. It is something for which John Allen, who also knows him personally, admires him for. He has never sought any kind of notoriety, and he has written about Pope John Paul I on a number of occasions. I saw no sign that he is being muzzled or was "sent into obscurity" for such a purpose.

Quite a few other people Cornwell interviwed have said that he distorted their words. I have the whole investiation here:

As for Bishop Magee's latest trouble, I read the part of the Cloyne report dealing with this incident with growing suspicion. The young man in question (who was 18 at the time) said that he had never been the slightest bit uneasy or disturbed about this incident, and never interpreted it as anything other that a "paternal gesture" on Magee's part -- until the commission got hold of him, of course. Bishop Magee was also shocked by the interpretation put on his actions. Once again, hype. I didn't read any further, but I suspect I will find only more of the same in regard to this.

Unfortunately, yes, Bishop Magee made many mistakes, as he himself admits, in handling sex abuse cases, but let's not go beyond the facts or add insult to injury.

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