Fr. Raul Covarrubias was put on paid administrative leave in September of 2007 for unknown ‘personnel reasons.’ According to the diocese of Boise, not much else needed to be reported other than there was no involvement of a minor and no civil laws were broken. The local paper reported Covarrubias’s suspension, a few letters to the editor appeared, the bishop sent a messenger, Sr. Arlene Ellis, chancellor, to the parish to explain, and that was to be that apparently. After all – the church had spoken.
“…….Although most people would see little difference in the functional use of the word, parish officials noted that “canonically, there is a world of difference between a suspension and a leave of absence.” All future stories will therefore make that distinction…….
So while there’s a wee bit of contention over semantics and the use of ‘suspension’ versus ‘leave of absence’ what still remains are the questions, specifically what it up with Fr. Raul Covarrubias? Mid-December, this was forthcoming from the diocese via the Idaho Statesman:
“The investigation did reveal that misconduct occurred, which Father Raul needs to address,” he said. “Help has begun for Father Raul and will continue for as long as needed. After … Raul has completed a professional program, it is hoped that he will resume active ministry.”
Oh yeah? Fr. Raul Covarrubias was found ‘worthy’ of a paid leave complete with a “professional program” to help him out, but Idaho Catholics cannot get a forthright answer about the misconduct as revealed to the diocese, AND it’s hoped the man can “resume active ministry.” Yet another reason I can no longer sanction that fucked up institution.
“This kind of secrecy is reckless,” said David Clohessy, national director of SNAP – Support Network by those Abused by Priests – who spoke at a news conference in front of the diocesan office. “In this case initially, the diocese put this priest on suspension without saying what type of offense, when it occurred, where it occurred … and even now they refuse to give any of those details.”
Michael Brown, communications director – diocese of Boise:
“Every media in the state of Idaho received this statement. I’m not sure exactly what is expected of this diocese to get this message out. We would much rather sit down and discuss these things with you before misinformation goes out into the media.”
It’s wasn’t about the message ya fucking dork. We got the message. It’s about the secrecy and the willingness of some to be lackeys for the church regardless of what or who is involved. It’s about protecting ‘The Church.’
Bishop Michael Driscoll’s track record can be viewed at the website ‘bishop accountability.org.’