Having thought about this and discussed this, there are a number of unanswered questions (among many) about J. M. Kelley who was indicted by the SEC earlier this week.
So, I am publicly posting these questions to the Archbishop and the Archdiocese.
- Who hired J. M. Kelly?
- Is that person still around (it is my understanding that it was Jane Golden Bedford -- the Chancellor for the Archdiocese)? If yes, what did she know and when did she know it?
- Was a background check completed on Mr. Kelly? (And I do not mean the one for Child Protection.) If yes, what did it show? (If there was an SEC investigation, it should have come up.) If there was information that he was being investigated, why was he hired?
- Was there any indication of malfeasance with the Church's fund? If yes, what was done it about it?
From what I can gather, just before the story broke, the Archdiocese and Catholic Charities removed any indication that of Mr. Kelly's name from their websites.
What this reminds me of is the case of Fr. Lee. You remember him, the priest who was a Navy chaplain accused of sexual misconduct. The Archdiocese claimed they never knew anything about this until they were informed of the charged by the Navy. Besides, they said, he was under the Archdicose of Military Services, so it does not concern us. Yeah, right.