This Father's not much of a father...
Off the Record -- hey, not my problem!
Priests are human too. Granted. But seriously -- a Redemptorist priest and his entire religious order that basically abandons the child of one of its priests and the kid's mom 12 years ago, and now fights in court to CONTINUE to abandon them? The Redemptorists would seem to be lacking redeeming qualities. Shame on them!
And in the shadow of yet another Archdiocese (led at the time by none other than Archbishop Levada, very soon to be on his way to take Ratzinger's place as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith!) which has chosen the path of hiding behind secular lawyers, who beg off responsibility by saying that it was the woman's fault that she got pregant because she "engaged in 'unprotected intercourse'" -- so what, your Excellency, you're saying (by way of your approved lawers) that it's her fault because should have used birth control??!? Nice job, Catholic Answer Man. Real smooth.
The whole mess seems to be just another puncture wound in the American Church that needs a good physician to come in and recognize that with puncture wounds, the surface doesn't look like much, but the infection is deep down, pervasive, and rotten.
With all the puncture wounds like it across the country, one would think the American episcopate wandered off the path and tripped over a porcupine. And then chooses to sit there and keep whining instead of allowing the doctor to treat them and admitting that they were stupid to go off the path in the first place.