The nation's bishops are in the midst of their annual meeting in Baltimore. Today Archbishop Joseph Naumann (of the Archdiocese of Kansas City) in light of the CRS scandals, proposed a rather reasonable suggestion: to make the Catholic Relief Services subject to the same guidelines as is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. While on a practical level I don't see the benefit of that, since the CCHD is so adroit at violating those standards (rather ironic since this meeting is being held in Baltimore, given the New Lens scandal), the response that the Archbishop got was revealing. The verbal tap-dance is a sight to behold in this clip. Bishop Kicanas is the one who engages in the double-talk; he's the same bishop who crabbed about the light being shown on the CRS scandals by American Life League.
Now at 2:08 he's definitely uttering something factually incorrect, given the scandals last summer. If he's aware of them (and I cannot believe he isn't) then we have an Eighth Commandment issue here. And of course the funds ARE fungible, speaking from my own experiences with not-for-profits. Bishop Kicanas' blather provides ample reason why the entire USCCB should be dismantled immediately.
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