Funny, just a couple weeks ago the right was all abuzz about a few (of the more extremist) Cathoic dioces suing the Obama administration over the evils of having to provide contraception coverage for their mostly non-catholic employees in their lucrative, tax-exempt businesses. (non-catholic employees who by the way are often not covered by niceities like unemployment insurance, medicare/medicaid, and other things most workers can count on because the church does not have to pay taxes). and never mind thatsome of these dioceses were in states (what 16 now? ) that have for years required them to provide contraception in employee health plans.
But absolute silence when it is revealed that Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, one of the churches leading crusaders against gay rights, authorized pay-offs to pedophile priests in Milwaukee of $20,000. Sweeping things under the rug. No concern for the victims. No concern about dealing with this travesty against their god.
But I guess this is the fiscal conservatism the right embraces. $20K a pop to (hopefully) make a problem go away is a pittance compared to actually dealing with the serious problems your group as created. The archdiocese of philadelphia alone has spent in excess of $11.6 million in the past two years defending their priests on abuse charges. Which again- that fiscal conservatism- wilminton delewarearchdiocese paid $77.4 million in settlements for sexual abuse by priests in 2011 alone.
And to be fair- many catholics are outraged. And ALL americans should be outraged that tax-free money is being used to sweep sexual abuse of children under the rug. Or for that matter- issues such as the archdiocese of minneapolis/st. paul spending $650K tax free dollars in a political campaign to ban gay marriage.
And of course it strikes me that the right has been crowing about the Walker victory in Wisconsin. Against those evil unions. And while I admit some unions have become corrupt beaucracies more interested in their power and influence then their members- they have much to learn from the Catholic Church leadership.