There should be no tears of sadness shed for the passing of Cirilo Flores, the bishop of the Diocese of San Diego and former auxiliary bishop in Orange who passed away this weekend after a battle with cancer. As is the case with nearly every Catholic bishop of Flores' generation, any good he did in his life (fight for the rights of illegal immigrants, of the poor, against the death penalty) was wiped away forever because of his role in letting pedophile priests in Orange get away with their crimes--not just by never disciplining admitted kiddie fiddlers, but by never even bothering to turn them over to authorities. Yep, that's a prime candidate to become Satan's latest cabana boy.
Illustration by James McHugh Flores--finished
A refresher: Flores served on the Orange Diocese's clergy-personnel board, the very board charged with investigating charges against diocesan priests. And as I wrote in a 2009 story shortly after it was announced Flores was becoming auxiliary bishop (for you non-mackerel snappers, it's basically a minor-league bishop seat usually given for affirmative action purposes), the board didn't discipline shit while he was there.More »