One of the Cabinet said:
That Storheim trial is just sickening… creepy… I wonder who knew what and when? Why can’t JP just go away? Far, far, away…
That’s why the GOAA was wise in making the perv priest in the Midwest cop a plea. It’s over… it’s done… it’s doing no more damage to the credibility of the GOAA. What the OCA needed was for Storheim to cop a plea at the outset. A Canadian friend told me that SOP in such cases is that there’s no prison time… but there’s a guilty plea on record to a lesser offence, making it impossible for a former employer to use them in a position of public trust. Actually, it’s the best for all concerned. There’s no long public legal wrangle… besides being inordinately expensive, such affairs always lead to all sorts of sordid detail leaking out. The OCA’s cred is tarnished… no matter what outcome there is of the actual trial.
Here’s the problem. So far, Syosset has dodged all bullets, either through “confidential settlements” (“We admit no wrongdoing”) or through circumstantial luck (convincing a judge that priests aren’t agents of the OCA (even though all parishes must collect and forward funds to the Syosset mafia and its apparat) or a plaintiff dropping dead). To put it bluntly, the OCA’s cred was marginal to begin with… the details emerging of Storheim’s proclivities are now moving faster than the speed of light. Even if the OCA wins on a technicality (its only slim hope), the testimony is “out there”, and there’s no confidential settlement to cover them.
Tikhon Mollard had the responsibility to force Storheim to walk the plank for the good of the Church. Had he done so, there would’ve been a hell-of-a-smell for a little while; some would’ve vilified Mollard as a bully, some would’ve accused him of blackening Storheim’s name. Nevertheless, none of the testimony that came forth in the trial would’ve seen the light of day. That particular Pandora’s Box would’ve been shut. Tikhon Mollard has inherited the worst of all possible worlds by allowing Storheim’s trial to go public. Firstly, much money has been wasted on lawyers. The OCA is flat-busted to begin with, and Storheim’s legal bills don’t help that situation. Secondly, even if Storheim “wins”, Mollard “loses”, for it appears that Mollard didn’t have the grit to force an inconvenient subordinate to “man up”. Thirdly, the fact that two OCA priests were willing to testify in open court against Storheim shows that the rank n’ file clergy are, at least, not willing followers of Syosset (and Mollard hasn’t reined in Lyonyo, Tosi, Jillions, or Hatfield). In short, Mollard’s facing a gigantic shit sandwich, and he’s gonna have to eat it all in the presence of all comers.
One of the priests that I talked to at St T’s was very clear. He felt that Mollard was going to mess up badly in re Storheim… but that was the best outcome that was on offer. No one expects Mollard to do anything inspiring or visionary. However, he’s not a Peterson, who has a “past”, nor is he a Dahulich, who’s probably the most quasi-papist of all the bishops (he did get his PhD from a papist school, after all). As several clergy have made it very clear to me, since Mel Pleska’s too ill for the white hat, it was Mollard, or it was the two previously-named gents. No one has high expectations of him… which is good, since all that Mollard has to do is not fuck up too egregiously.
However, he had a chance to have kept the genie in the bottle, and he didn’t. Yet, one clerical source told me that Mollard’s passivity was one of the things that convinced many to vote for him. “You see, he won’t go off on wild goose chases or crusades”. There’ll be all too much damage from the present legal imbroglio in Canada, but, at least, Mollard won’t follow it with a moralistic crusade or chase political chimeras. He’ll smile at the babas and spout inoffensive pap at the proper time… and that’s all that’s available. All other options are WORSE… do reflect on that…
God do help us…
Saturday 15 June 2013