A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Friday turned down a request by Bishop Thomas J. O'Brien, former head of the Phoenix Diocese, to modify the terms of his probation.
O'Brien, if you recall, played "shuffle-a-priest" for years, moving priests who had become sexual predators from parish to parish in an effort to shield them from parents and law enforcement. O'Brien was also involved in a hit-and-run automobile accident in which the victim died.
The apparently remoseless O'Brien was sentenced to four years of supervised probation and 1,000 hours of community service.
The community service he received is, in one way, a joke. He is supposed to go and minister to the sick and dying. Not sure how that qualifies for probabation, since that is what his career involves. I guess if an automobile mechanic commits the same fatal hit-and-run act, he will be sentenced to 1,000 hours of fixing cars. But I digress.
If you recall, only 12 days after reciving probation, he attempted to change the rules of the game by having the time he travels count towards his probation. That attempt was also beaten down before you could say "no remorse."
I'm surprised, given O'Brien's arrogance, that he didn't ask that his driver's time be counted towards his community service.
So now, less than two years into his probation, he has asked that it be changed from supervised to unsupervised. What does that mean? Well, with supervised probation, he has to meet with his parole officer every 60 days. Oh my, poor Bishop O'Brien, he has to have his driver take him to six meetings a year. Why, that's worse than the treatment the terrorists get at Guantanimo Bay. No wonder he wants a break.
In my opening paragraph, I used the term "disgraced" to describe the Bishop. That is clearly the wrong word. It is my opinion that he feels no disgrace -- a bit of discomfort, maybe, but certainly no disgrace. I also do not feel that he has shown a shred of real remorse beyond the minium necessary to satisfy his handlers.
So I have some advice for the Bishop: shut up, quit your whining, show some real remorse. and quit the legal fun and games. You did the crime, now do the time.
As a Catholic, you humiliate me.