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Pope Benedict and the Milwaukee Molester

Wednesday, March 31, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Lawrence Murphy was a serial molester of deaf boys during his 25 year tenure as head of St. John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, from 1950 to 1975. Murphy died in 1998.

In recent days charges have been leveled at Pope Benedict alleging that the pope was somehow complicit in the shameful conduct of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

The priest in charge of the Church’s prosecution of Murphy is Fr. Thomas Brundage, who wrote this article this week about the allegations. He was my guest today, and the transcript of that conversation is posted here. Key exchanges:

HH: [I]f the Pope had been involved in this, would you have known of that?

TB: I’m almost certain I would have, because even in 1997-98, Cardinal Ratzinger was a huge figure. And you know, had he had any involvement in this matter, I don’t see how they could have kept it away from me. I mean, I met with officials in Rome, I met with officials in Washington. In addition to his job at the Congregation, he wore a number of other hats, and it would be unbelievable to me that he would have had any involvement in this case….

HH: Now speaking generally, as someone who’s had personal experience in the prosecution of one of the predators, and as someone who is also obviously well-versed in canonical law, how has Benedict’s record been, both as Pope and as the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, generally, on the child abuse cases?

TB: He has done more than any other major religious figure that I know of in history, and that’s either current history or past. He has had a worldwide audience, in which he has repeatedly talked about the shame that this has brought to the Church, and trying to get the filth out of the Church. What I know is since 2001, when a case has been sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, they have swiftly, and I think fairly, removed an awful lot of these predators from the priesthood. And so there has been a purgation since he was at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that continues to this very day of the priests who preyed on kids.

HH: So when you see the New York Times, or today, columnist Maureen Dowd, or this new AP story, or the lawyer in Kentucky, targeting the Pope, what do you think they’re doing? Why do you think they’re doing it?

TB: I, my gut reaction to this is there has been outright, and sometimes latent anti-Catholicism. And I know it’s easy to play the anti card. I think there’s a part of this here that Benedict stands for an awful lot of things that the American society, and Western Europe, the European society, do not like. We support life. We have issues that are very, very different from the mindset of many Americans and Europeans as well. And I see this as a kind of blatant attack upon the Church.

Fr. Brundage never had any contact with the pope, nor did he ever hear of any involvement of the pope with the case, nor did the Vatican office the pope ran routinely supervise these cases until 2001, although some officials in that office did work with Fr. Brundage on this particular case because of one of the charges leveled against Murphy.

At the conclusion of our interview I asked Father Brundage to speculate on why the reporting and commentary on this story has been so flawed and he speculated that there is both anti-Catholicism and anti-Benedict prejudice at work in some quarters.



End of the Month Fundraising For Three Great Candidates

Wednesday, March 31, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Here are three GOP candidates that could use a last-day-of-the-quarter contribution are

Tom Lucero, running in Colorado’s 4rth Congressional District, (contribute online here), and

Brian Rooney, running in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District, (contribute online here), and

Chris Cox, running in New York’s 1rst Congressional District, (contribute online here).


The DNC’s “Target” List

Wednesday, March 31, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

This is a great bit of work by Jim Hoft. But don’t expect any of the usual suspects condemning Sarah Palin to either retract that condemnation or to blister the DNC is equal terms.


The Mounting Costs of Obamacare

Wednesday, March 31, 2010  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Boeing is the latest company to announce an income tax charge as American business sorts through the obvious impacts of Obamacare.

Did the CBO include additional tax revenues from the loss of the deduction for retiree prescription drug benefits? And did the CBO calculate how many American companies would not only be losing the deduction but also dropping the coverage and thus forcing retirees into the Medicare program, and what the costs of that would be?

As Obamacare rolls out the questions –and costs– are piling up. A few days ago Ed Morrissey ran a story on the impact to restaurants of the calorie chart provisions of the law. And the consequences to “family plan” premiums due to the addition of the hundreds of thousands of 21 to 26 year olds being added has yet to hit.

I hope the NRCC and NRSC are maintaining a comprehensive list of the impacts of Obamcare for handy reference as November draws near.


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