Very curious. The local US Attorney has convened a federal grand jury that has already heard testimony from Cardinal Law and two other bishops. A priest accused of abuse years ago, but never substantiated, has testified, but apparently they weren’t interested in his case specifically, but in his transfer.
The article says that the prosecutors are building a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) case on the actions of Boston bishops who transferred perverts from place to place.
Fr. Bob Carr, a priest at Holy Cross Cathedral and blogger, identifies himself in the Boston Globe article as a friend of the priest who testified.
That the grand jury was convened by US Attorney Michael Sullivan is significant. Sullivan is not generally a grandstander or media hog. If this were done by Mass. Attorney General Tom Reilly, I’d think it was just an attempt to get his name in another headline, but the fact that Sullivan is behind it makes it more significant. There’s a story brewing here.