That just means that he did not cross the line and became a real threat untill very recently. If we think about latest occurences, its obvious that here is a connection with Allen's inversion.
Originally Posted by Digital_Eon
In agreement with my line above - Cross did know something about 14th and about Allen, something that neither Earl nor Center did know and wanted revealed. After Cross said it all to Allen he became not just dangerous but also useless.
I think the 14th-information was the trigger, or at least the only thing keeping him alive. Central wanted that information to be revealed to Allen somehow, by someone he trusted, or maybe to determine that Cross had told them the absolute truth (hey, maybe he didn't). I can't see how that benefits the Earl/Noah in any way unless he's just curious... but I guess we'll see what they know next time we meet up with them. In 158, the Earl wasn't aware that Allen was the 14th; heck, he didn't even know Allen had those powers until the Ark collapsed. If he doesn't know about Allen, then we can conclude he doesn't even have spies (>_> unlikely), but even if he does... I still can't really see how this is a good thing, especially with Central keeping it something of a secret.
Crow is a secret police of a sort; their ranking should be special and not comparable to general one. Heck, in Stalin's time the head of intelligence service had a rank of general-major - in normal army its the lowest general title and 4 ranks below the head of army.
No, he's not one of those guys, but it's possible that it would be impossible (since Generals do spend most of their time running around the world finding Conformers - it might be a bad idea to keep them inside, unconnected to Exorcists in any way). He's still high-ranking, though, enough that I doubt one single person besides the Pope could give the Order and Crow would follow through on it. Cross outranks (some of?) them anyway, if Link's "Inspector" title is any indication. It could be a disguise, but... I dunno... I'm inclined to think that Link is at the level he openly appears to be and Crow roles are outside the usual hierarchy.
High ranking, he is still a tool.
Fabrication of facts is a part of "office" work ;P
Some of them might really be heartless enough not to care, especially if they've been separated from those relatives for so long they don't remember them or really care for them as anything other than random humans. What if Allen met up with his real parents again, assuming they're alive and ordinary people? Sure, he'd try to protect them because they're people, but he probably wouldn't care for them in a special way.
Could a single person really fire a Crow member just because that Crow picked the official rules over one person's petty desire?