Ousted bishop of Memphis not going quietly into anybody’s dark night

He’s having none of it, as explained in this detailed reportage about the whys, hows, at whose instigation.

Questions remain unanswered about the canonical process by which Bishop [Martin] Holley was removed.

While Pope Francis established in 2016 norms by which a bishop can be removed through a Vatican process, it is not clear whether that process was used in Holley’s case, or whether the Congregation for Bishops, on which Cardinal Wuerl [for whom he was an auxiliary bishop for
two years in Washington] sits, was involved [as Holley says].

Meanwhile, why isn’t it clear that process was used? The faithful don’t deserve to know? Francis recommends silence about his being the object of once-unimaginable public criticism, as by former ambassador to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano?

But about how the Memphis man was ousted, he is practicing that old devil secrecy. Ever with us, it seems, secrecy, secrecy, secrecy.

Sphinx-like pontiff.

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