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There are 4 comments on the 10TV WBNS story from Feb 4, 2010, titled Group Preaches To Cincinnati's Catholic Archbishop | Ohio News .... In it, 10TV WBNS reports that:

Cincinnati's new Catholic Archbishop needs to make his voice heard, some Catholics said Thursday.

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david clohessy

Beecher, IL

#1 Feb 6, 2010
The Cincinnati Archdiocese spokesman said that the bishop does not have authority over the accused priest...

Big deal! Cincy's archbishop has no jurisdiction over politicians either. But he sure tells them what he thinks should happen and waht he thinks is wrong and right. But when a priest who a) lives in the Cincy area, b) has worked at Cincy area Catholic institutions, and c) is supervised by other Catholic clerics who live and work in the Cincy area, suddenly Cincy's bishop is totally powerless... gimme a break
David Fortwengler

Bay Minette, AL

#2 Feb 6, 2010
I am grateful that this young victim had the courage and wisdom to report what happened to civil authorities. When victims and witnesses remain silent, predators win and kids lose. It is unbelievable to me that despite all the promises by church officials, nothing has changed within the church. This is now a criminal case and they should be doing everything possible to find any victims or witnesses and encouraging them to report to police.
ps If Poandl or another priest at Glenmary ordained a women or supported use of condoms, how fast do you think Schurr would be the boss again?

Since: Nov 07

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Feb 6, 2010
Of course Schnurr has a responsibility to speak out after all he is the bishop of the diocese, isn't he?

I agree with the remarks made by Daniel Frondorf, the Cincinnati leader of SNAP that Archbishop Dennis Schnurr needs to make a very public statement in relation to the very credible accusations of childhood sexual abuse against the Reverend Robert Poandl and he needs to make them for a number of reasons.

He is the new archbishop of Cincinnati and he needs to distance himself from the policies and actions of his predecessor, Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, in regard to clergy sexual abuse. What may be missing in Schnurr and which was missing in Pilarczyk, as in so many bishops for too long, has been any sense of outrage, not only that this has been going on for decades but that it has been so well enabled by bishops right down the episcopal line.

They appear to have no moral indignation at the spiritual, psychological, physical and sexual abuse of children. How can this be in a religious denomination that so professes the dignity and rights of the child that the Holy See was an early signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Is it just another case of "Do as I say not as I do?"

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr is the episcopal leader of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. As such he has a moral responsibility to speak to the actions of the Reverend Robert Poandl who is a member of the Glenmary Home Missioners based in Fairfield, Ohio.

The Glenmary Missioners could not even continue to be based in the archdiocese without the permission and blessings of the episcopal authority now vested in Archbishop Dennis Schnurr so Daniel Andriacco's remarks that "Schnurr does not have authority over the accused priest or any other priest who is not with the Cincinnati Archdiocese," is not exactly true. It may work as a bit of PR but it does not speak to the reality of the relationship a bishop has with this religious community and certainly it would be reassuring to church members if Schnurr would express a little more moral indignation and downright disgust at such behavior.

It would be even better if Schnurr supported legislative reform in Ohio the next time a bill comes up to reform the child sexual abuse statutes in Ohio, something that his predecessor did not support.

When will it come to pass that a sitting bishop actually supports a bill like the 2007 Child Victims Law that was passed in Delaware? When will it come to pass that a bishop would direct his state's Catholic Conference to support such a bill unlike Baltimore's Archbishop Edwin O'Brien who opposed it like episcopal leaders in Colorado and New York who also opposed such need legislation?

When will it come to pass that we have episcopal leaders who are truly concerned with the abuse of the most vulnerable?

When will it come to pass that we have bishops who show by their actions that they believe in the Accountability & Transparency that was promised in 2002 rather then just talking about it?

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
Victims' Advocate
New Castle, Delaware
[email protected]
Judy Jones

Saint Peters, MO

#4 Feb 6, 2010
Bishop Schnurr DOES have the responsibility over any catholic organization within his territory. He has to allow them in and he can kick them out !

The bishop is the king of his diocese, and he is only answerable to the pope, he does not even have to answer to other bishops.

Isn't it interesting that bishops tend to distance themselves from the sex abuse problem within their church? Especially when a brave victim is able to get this priest indicted for sexual abuse, and have his day in court. I'm sure that Bishop Schnurr and his predessor do not EVER want to be subpoenaed to sit on that witness stand. They would then have to tell the truth, or else they go to jail for perjury.

This is their concern, it is not about compassion for victims or about caring for kids safety.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, [email protected]

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