"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

"It is very awkward, it is very embarrassing"

The awkward and embarrassing moment was when a 16 year-old immigrant got an abortion in Richmond while under the care of Commonwealth Catholic Charities. The contraceptive implant the girl was using, also provided by CCC, failed, and according to Steve Neill, diocesan spokesman, the CCC employees "were so caught up with the plight of the young girl who already had a child," Mr. Neill said. "She was not a Catholic. She got pregnant by her boyfriend, and she was determined not to have the baby."

Oh well, then of course! She must have an abortion, Steve, and the Catholic diocese of Richmond must help make it happen by transporting her to the abortuary and illegally signing the consent form for the procedure (only a parent can consent).

How awkward. How embarrassing. Especially when it turns out that it was not just a problem of the volunteers. No, the bishop himself, Francis Di Lorenzo, knew about the situation, but according to the diocesan lawyer, Bill Etherington, "DiLorenzo was given bad information about whether the abortion could be prevented, but didn't elaborate as to how. 'He was told it could not be stopped,' Mr. Etherington said. 'It was erroneous information. He didn't have to sign off on it. He was not personally involved.'"

Have we heard this cavalcade of excuses before, on another topic "awkward and embarrassing" for the bishops of this country? One also must give praise to Etherington for his lawerly use of the passive voice, "the bishop was told it could not be stopped." Really? And who would be giving the Bishop legal advice of that sort? Ahem.

Now reportedly there is an investigation taking place in the City of Richmond and also by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to determine whether either federal or Virginia state law has been broken.

I certainly hope that in addition to the illegal signing of the consent form, the investigation looks at whether some other laws have been broken, including but not limited to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, taking indecent liberties with a child under one's custodial care, and fornication. This child was under care of the CCC and someone either abused that trust or was negligent in allowing it to be abused.

Regardless of that "awkward and embarrassing" criminal investigation, would it not be appropriate for Bishop Di Lorenzo to resign, having allowed such criminal misfeasance to occur in his chancery and more importantly, for allowing an abortifacient contraceptive device to be implanted in a child, then sitting on his hands while the CCC helped her procure the murder of her unborn child?

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