Former Cardinal McCarrick Found Unfit for Trial Over Sexual Abuse

In the past when stories like this have come up, I have noted what a wonder it is to me, how an entity that provides comfort to so many people around the world, could on the other hand be the most successful and longest standing criminal organization the world has ever seen! As the King said to Anna in The King & I, “It is a puzzlement!”

Consider that as a Cardinal, this sick individual was one of the most prominent clerics in the U.S. Catholic hierarchy, holding a ranking second only to the Pope! It is unbelievable, but also true! In the end, he was found guilty of abusing countless children as well as adult seminarians. And now finally disgraced, with the sword over his head, he is found not competent to stand trial! Geez!!!

How do those things square?  A global institution that provides comfort for sure! But primarily as a very effective cover for sexually abusing children! It raises the question, of “what mafia chieftain would not have loved to have the same cover as the abusing priests of the criminal, Catholic Church have had for centuries?”

Please note that this does not deny the “comfort” provided. But what a price has been paid!

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Former Cardinal McCarrick Found Unfit for Trial Over Sexual Abuse

Former Cardinal McCarrick Found Unfit for Trial Over Sexual Abuse

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I wonder about when this train actually went off the rail and Balwani and Holmes both knew it. It reminds me somewhat of Bernie Madoff’s $20 Billion deception in that if Bernie had fessed up when his performance first went south and he tried to cover it up, only to make it worse, he might largely have been forgiven and returned to his original trading business. But he just couldn’t do that and as time went on…well we know the result.

Was there a similar trajectory for this pair? A time when they looked at each other and said, “Uh oh!” Not that it matters really. Somewhere along the way they knew what was going down and kept it going for as long as they could. Now have to face the music as eventually, always is the case. It is simply “The Law of Cause and Effect” unfolding. Hopefully for them there will be less tragic endings than Bernie. It depends on how they handle what they have wrought! We’ll see.