‘A most hearty `welcome back' '
: And those are the words of our very own Cardinal Law, emeritus, to an accused sex-abuser upon his return to the Lake Street Gang. Just when you thought you couldn’t be shocked by new allegations, check this one out:
“One priest, the Rev. Gerard E. Creighton, was transferred 20 times in 28 years amid a cascade of complaints from numerous pastors and even an assertion that he had ‘homicidal tendencies.’ One parishioner withdrew a sexual misconduct complaint after learning that Creighton carried a gun.
“‘We're especially afraid of what he might do to the children,’ the parishioner said in a 1977 phone call to chancery officials that was reported to Bishop Thomas V. Daily, now the bishop of the Brooklyn, N.Y., diocese.
“The parishioner had previously called to alert church leaders that she had seen two young girls reenacting a sexual act. When she questioned the girls they replied: 'This is the way Father Creighton and their mother make love.' ”
... Eileen McNamara
is comparing Cardinal Law, emeritus, to former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara.