Journalistic Privilege and Audits.

Please read about journalistic privilege, it should be familiar to Catholics who should be able to trust the seal of the confessional for the same reasons.  Being at the center of a lot of attention in a Diocese with thousands of faithful we get a lot of tips and leaks.  Now if we thought someone was in imminent physical danger we’d report it.  A lot of this garbage happened in the past and publishing all of it would needlessly destroy the reputations of individual priests (whom we may disagree with on many issues but who haven’t publicly stated an opinion on this issue) without helping solve the problem here.  Plus, we feel the clergy and Diocesan employees past and present deserve a chance to do the right thing now that the heat is on.  Our new leader also deserves a chance to do the right thing.  With all of this information we protect our sources who sometimes want us to know something useful but don’t wish it to be published for various reasons.  Read the post on Commissar Joe Corel if you still don’t understand the occasional need for anonymity. With that said we are telling everyone that it is time for an audit and that we believe the audit will lead to other things.  The lay people don’t have the authority to audit the Diocese but there are people who do and who will.  The truly innocent would welcome an audit or at least not fear one.  Our society has elected officials and accounting firms whose sole job is to do audits as a matter of course, hence our State Auditor Nicole Galloway.  The Diocese has long since lost the benefit of the doubt in avoiding audits.  We’ll probably post an article about the difference between a fractional reserve bank, a Ponzi scheme, and a not for profit Diocese and also the difference between what’s legal, illegal, and just shady.  One thing is for sure: in a bank run the first few depositors who withdraw get their money but the rest don’t.  If that’s the case at perfectly legal and properly run banks (Minus the Federal Reserve backing them up) it’s far more true for Ponzi schemes or legitimate but shady entities with no Federal Reserve backing.  Yes, we mean to insinuate that the deposits are gone because that’s what the clergy themselves bluntly state.  Prove us wrong and publish it on your webpage.  Just because you have the authority to raid accounts and spend all of the money any way you please doesn’t mean you should do it if you got it by promising not to spend it in those ways.  If you can’t tell your donors and depositors where the money went then there is a problem.

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