If one wishes to give Bishop Loverde the benefit of the doubt, then so be it. I don’t know him personally. I’m sure he’s a nice man. But a nice man with poor judgement doesn’t belong as the bishop of a diocese. I don’t understand how one can argue with facts. The fact remains that a priest who brought immoral behavior to the attention of the bishop remains stripped of his duties as a priest. And let’s keep in mind this priest - Fr. Haley, had documentation, videos, emails etc…to back up his claims. The injustice of it all!!!
I think if we want to see positive change in our church we need to stand behind and support the priests who have the courage and integrity to stand up to bishops who would rather “wish all these sexual scandals away”. Bishop Loverde’s record will stand on its own…time will reveal whether he’s been a leader in the church or just another disappointment and embarrassment.