Month: December 2005

The DA should prosecute and the archbishop should retire

* Originally published in The Mobile Register on December 18, 2005.Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb must be held accountable by the laity and the law for sexual abuses and cover-ups during his 25-year reign over the Archdiocese of Mobile.First, the archbishop should retire. Right now.Second, the district attorney should prosecute anyone who had knowledge of but failed to report crimes committed in the archdiocese that haven't yet expired under the statute of limitations.The Register's article titled "Pastor: Allegations about priest heard for years," published on Dec. 14, illustrates the striking lackadaisical attitude within the archdiocese toward these crimes. These scandals will continue to bleed the Catholic Church of money and members until swift and severe action is taken at every level of responsibility, from the priest who commits the crime to his colleagues and even the bishop if they ignore it. Resignations, defrockings and prosecutions must happen when warranted, regardless of how many clergy would be removed. The church wouldn't merely survive without them, it would thrive. A message must be sent, not only from Rome, but from every Roman Catholic Church: Enough.This all hits very close to home for me. The church is part of our family. It's entwined with every major event, including my father's death last April. And, like any member of a family, it has its good and bad times. I received the sacraments of baptism, first confession, first Communion and confirmation at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Sage Avenue. The archbishop was present during my confirmation,…