Here’s an interesting tidbit in a report on the ongoing Albany-Minkler-Hubbard case. An alleged abuse victim, David Leonard, says that Fr. Minkler was exposing a ring of homosexuals in the diocese and said he brought these allegations to Archbishop Sean O’Malley in Boston, just like Minkler had done years ago with Cardinal O’Connor.
However, David Leonard was outspoken in his belief that Hubbard was harboring abusive and homosexual priests. He said he met with Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley at the end of February, and O’Malley encouraged him to speak out. “He said that we have to rid the ranks of these individuals that have caused so much damage to the Roman Catholic Church and its credibility,” Leonard said.
Bravo for Archbishop O’Malley if true, although I’d be a little disappointed that he wouldn’t take point on it himself. It would be evidence that the tight little fraternity of bishops was at work again, preventing a bishop from publicly speaking against another bishop. If you think the Mafia’s omerta and law enforcement’s code of silence are tough to crack, this is one better.