But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea. — Matthew xviii. 6.
On Friday, 14 May 2010, before 11 a.m., there was a group from Code Purple outside the latin-rite cathedral (St. John the Evangelist) on E. 9th Street. Their primary guests were Anne Barrett Doyle, and Terry McKiernan of Bishop Accountability. Terence McKiernan is the president, and Anne Barrett Doyle is the clerk of that organisation, which is undertaking an exposé of this tragedy of moral filth and the lax nonchalance as its response in the US and Canada. Where the victims were second to the suppression of expression. Terry McKiernan (left), Anne Barrett Doyle (center)
As is obvious there are many problems with the episcopal administration of Richard Lennon. Transparency, or rather its lack thereof, is near the top. His leadership is shrouded in secrecy, in part, to cover a base meanness. What is not well known, in Cleveland, is that Lennon in Boston was quite the disaster. Cleveland was not a promotion. The Vatican is aware of his shortcomings. Some of this was presented and questions concerning Richard Lennon were asked. As has been true to his previous history, answers will probably not be forthcoming. Dialogue and conciliation have been no component in his reign. After reading a statement concerning the lack of information made available by the Cleveland diocese concerning sexual abuse perpetrators, there were a series of mini interviews with local radio, television and print journalists. In between, there was a walk across the street to chancery offices, where the receptionist and a Cleveland policeman (who had been at the cathedral during the reading of the statement) entertained their entry, but shooed them away. Outside mini-conferences continued. There had arrived one police car outside the cathedral and one outside the chancery offices. The primary subject of the day was the hiding of the sexual scandal, its cover-up. No previous event, concerning Lennon as the bishop of Cleveland, has attracted the media's intense interest, and that interest formed immediately. Whilst the church closings have been a long drawn out process, and interest was scattered and focused, if at all, only in a scatter shot pattern.