COURSEY: Stones and glass houses

It takes a lot of chutzpah for the leader of an organization known for its history of sexual abuse, criminal coverups and financial mismanagement to dispense moral advice to our political leaders.

But that's what Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa was up to on Sunday, standing in Old Courthouse Square calling fire and brimstone down on any elected leader who would have the nerve to support abortion rights for women.

Anti-Abortion Rally In Santa Rosa


Talk about nerve.

I don't know much about Vasa, who just took over as head of the Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa in July. But I do know about the history of the Diocese, and of the Catholic Church. And to put it as nicely as I can: People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

The glass house of the Santa Rosa Diocese has been built upon the sexual misconduct and financial mismanagement of one past bishop and the failure of another to report the sexual crimes of a priest, as required by law. The Diocese in the past has been a haven for sexual predators in black cassocks, taking advantage of young Catholic boys and girls as the priests' peers turned a blind eye.

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