Sorry, “retirement” doesn’t cut it. Bishops promised to oust child molesting clerics, not let them voluntarily step down.
Bishop Sheridan should immediately turn over to law enforcement every single piece of paper in Fr. Manning’s personnel file. He should personally go to every church where Fr. Manning worked, even briefly (because it takes just seconds for an adult to shove his hands in a child’s pants) and clearly beg victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police. He should post notices in every parish bulletin and every church website and on his own diocesan site and in his diocesan publications. He should explain why Fr. Manning “disappeared” from the Official Catholic Directory in 2002, when the church’s abuse and cover up crisis exploded into public view. He should explain why a St. Louis archdiocesan priest was quietly moved to Colorado. He should take Fr. Manning’s passport so he can’t flee the country. And he should put Fr. Manning in a remote, secure, independently-run treatment center for sex offenders so Manning will be away from kids.
Anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Manning’s crimes has a moral and civic duty to protect kids by contact law enforcement.
Read the story here: http://www.gazette.com/news/colorado-132852-springs-manning.html