We see from here and here and here that various Texas law enforcement agencies conducted a surprise raid on the offices of the Galveston-Houson Archdiocese. They were searching for data focusing on one priest and found information concerning several more who abused young boys.
As far as this Texas situation goes, I think this is a most positive and much needed move. However, in light of the recent USCCB meeting, some questions immediately arise in my mind. Texas officials descended on the offices of DiNardo very soon after that meeting. However, why haven't local officials swarmed upon the chanceries of Washington DC, Chicago, Metucheon and others? I'm sure that quite a few of those local officials are eager to move in. What is restraining them? What restrained the Texas officials until just now?
Recall that at the meeting, Cardinal DiNardo, president of the USCCB, made plain to all his displeasure at the pope's orders that measures pertaining to the sex abuse crisis not be voted upon at that meeting. Cupich interrupted him, making quite clear that he, not DiNardo, enjoyed the pope's favor. So now, all of the sudden, it's DiNardo's chancery that is raided. Mind you, this is not to impugn the local Texas officials who are just doing their job. I suspect something or someone was preventing them, just as they are preventing law officials from showing up at the DC and Chicago chanceries. Could those restraints have been lifted from the Texas officials as punishment for DiNardo's public displeasure at Pope Francis?
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