Maureen Dowd’s column on ModBee.com about Pope John Paul II not being qualified for sainthood should have included two of his confidential letters to his bishops illustrating the Vatican’s role in saying that Canon Law supersedes civil law. As reported by Associated Press columnist Victor L. Simpson in 2011. The first letter in 1997 was an enforcement warning the Irish bishops that the 1996 Child Protection Policy enacted by parliament requiring all sexual abuse to be reported to the police was in violation of Canon Law. In 1998 the same Papal Bull on Canon Law’s dominance was read to the Bishops Councils of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
The completeness of Simpson’s story included his source of information. This demonstrates the depth of involvement by the Vatican through its bishops to circumvent civil edicts with theocratic directives weighing on facets in secular societies; including the role of these directives as barriers in healthcare to those of differing doctrinal influence. Arch( criminal)bishop Roger Mahony followed suit.