Top Five Diocese of Orange Transgressions of the Decade
|Heckuva job, Brownie!|
As this decade from hell closes, it's a perfect time to remember the Orange diocese's five worst, most callous transgressions pertaining to its sex-abuse scandal--and isn't it telling of how rotten the diocese is that none of them actually involves a sex crime? Heckuva job, Brownie! Here's the list, in order of vileness:
1. Bishop Brown's sex-abuse allegation: For most of this decade, Brownie has announced to anyone who'll listen that the Orange diocese under his watch was a transparent one, one forthcoming, truthful, and repentant. He even spent half-a-million bucks to make the point (see #3 on this list). All along, Brownie told no one that someone had lodged molestation allegations against him. His reasoning? This reality was "embarrassing," according to testimony he gave in a 2007 deposition. Tell that to Richard Delahunty, the priest Brown named in 2004 as being investigated for pedophilia before realizing the allegations were just that--allegations.
2. Gary McKnight invites a known rapist back to Mater Dei: Earlier this month, McKnight broke the record for most victories by a Southern California high school boys' basketball coach. None of the laudatory write-ups mentioned that earlier this decade, McKnight allowed his former assistant, Jeff Andrade, back on the Mater Dei campus--this despite the fact that Mater Dei officials had forced Andrade to resign in the 1990s for sexually violating a teenager, and despite those officials' insistence to McKnight that Andrade not be let on campus? Why is McKnight still coaching despite putting kids within the grasp of a sexual predator? That's right: because Mater Dei struck a deal with Satan long ago!
4. The disaster that was Peter Callahan: Callahan has been the lead attorney for the Orange diocese since the 1990s, if not earlier, which begs the question: Is Brownie insane, stupid, or both (our vote is on the latter)? Here's just one sentence from one 2008 story showing Callous Callahan's ineptitude:
The head lawyer for the Catholic Diocese of Orange sex-abuse scandal unwittingly revealed in September the sealed amount Bishop Tod D. Brown gave to a statutory rapist, barked at a sex-abuse survivor during a press conference, and did enough other wackiness to earn the title of one of our Scariest People late last year.
All this at $195 per hour!
5. The silence of 99 percent of Orange County's Catholics: The above four are mere pebbles in the gravel pit that is the Orange diocese (don't forget to read my all-time favorite story I wrote on any subject)--and still, Catholics go to Mass. Hey, Papists: Jesus, Mary and the saints is one issue, but why the continued supporting of Brown? May the coming decade open your eyes to this Great Deceiver. And Brownie: You can joke all you want to your associates about me needing a shrink, but those associates talk quite a bit....