Northeast Times

Editorial: Plenty of shame

By most ac­counts, Joe Pa­ter­no and An­thony Bevilac­qua were in­trins­ic­ally good and de­cent men, with good hearts, good in­ten­tions and good motives — for the most part.

By their own ac­tions, or more pre­cisely, their in­ac­tions, their legacies are etern­ally tain­ted.

Coach Pa­ter­no worked so hard for his Nit­tany Lions and for char­it­able en­deavors. Penn State’s foot­ball team was his life. But when con­fron­ted with re­ports that his de­fens­ive coach had mo­les­ted a child, Coach Pa­ter­no dropped the ball. He didn’t do the right thing. The hu­man thing to do would have been to call the loc­al po­lice. He didn’t do it, and his name will forever be ma­ligned.

Sim­il­arly, Car­din­al Bevilac­qua, who was laid to rest on Tues­day, will al­ways be warmly re­membered for his noble out­reach not only to all of the par­ishes in the arch­diocese but also to oth­er faiths and to the un­der­priv­ileged.

However, Car­din­al Bevilac­qua was no saint. Level-headed people will forever re­mem­ber his place at the helm dur­ing the ab­so­lutely at­ro­cious clergy-ab­use scan­dal and the ap­par­ent at­tempts by top arch­diocese of­fi­cials to cov­er things up.

What did the car­din­al know and when did he know it? Thanks to his sworn testi­mony that was video­taped (in private) in late Novem­ber at his home, the pub­lic — most im­port­antly, ab­use vic­tims and their loved ones — will find out soon enough. Though law­yers for sus­pec­ted per­ver­ted priests don’t want the pub­lic to find out what Car­din­al Bevilac­qua said in his video­taped testi­mony, it will all come out at tri­al later this year.

The pub­lic right­fully will hear the truth.The real­ity for all of the sin­ners — dead and alive — is the truth will nev­er set them free. ••

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