Looks like the dust-up over Cardinal Egan’s disposition of accused priests was the result of a misunderstanding. Previously, a spokesman for the New York archdiocese had said the cardinal would keep secret the results of the investigations. Now, in an unusual contradiction of what the spokesman said, the cardinal will make public the names of priests he suspends indefinitely. That’s much better.
Priests who are cleared and returned to ministry will have to decide for themselves whether to go public or not. I would think they would just to clear up any lingering doubts.
The spokesman said he misunderstood what had been said at a meeting and the policy remains as it was for the past year.