Given the following scenario ...
- A priest under your control and care admits to having homosexual or bisexual desires.
- This priest likes to wrestle with 14-year-old boys. Let me repeat that: this priest likes to wrestle with 14-year-old boys.
- This priest admits that while wrestling with a 14-year-old boy, he grabbed his genitals, on two different occasions. The second time he did so, the boy became enraged and refused to talk to the priest the rest of the day, at an event for the boy's family.
- The priest is indicted, tried and convicted on a charge of aggravated sexual conduct. The conviction is overturned on a technicality. The appellate court orders a retrial.
- To avoid a retrial, you strike a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to remove said priest from any ministry involving youth and from any contact with youth.
Years pass. Now what do you do? Do you ....
A. Blow off the deal with prosecutors and allow your priest back into youth ministry and unsupervised contact with youth, without telling any of the parents this priest's history?
B. Appoint this man as co-director responsible for the Ongoing Formation of Priests?
C. Get huffy and send a letter to all priests in your diocese defending your decision, giving a false impression of the court case by telling only a partial truth?
If you answered D., ALL OF THE ABOVE - congratulations! You are qualified to be the Archbishop of Newark!