With all due respect, Cardinal Wuerl, No. Bishops Investigating Bishops Won’t Do. Elizabeth Scalia says what needs to be said about this. Collegiality at its worse, although collegiality always seems to be at its worse. This is a totally a “not getting it” proposal. A by the numbers corporate approach at PR control. A ’For the good of the Church” mindset that thinks controlling scandal, controls scandal. The outrage over McCarrick and his enablers seems so feigned. Seeming like this is an inconvenience on his watch. The Church as a whole punted in regards to the repercussions for bishops who were either abusers or participated in coverups. Accepting their resignation was pretty much the most that would happen.
“It is terrible to contemplate how few
politicians bishops are hanged.” To steal from G.K. Chesterton.
Over the years I have mostly avoided blogging on this subject. So many other did this much better. Still this is kind of an enough is enough moment and that we charitably must keep the heat up. This is not just some local phenomenon as it is quite evident that this is world wide with either bishops being complicit in sexual abuse, or turning a blind eye. Blind shepherds are not especially helpful for the sheep. Especially when the wolves also wear a miter.
This Statement by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany at least totally gets this. May his tribe increase.
Karl Keating on Facebook says It’s time to decimate the Bishops, using the term with its original meaning. My skepticism would see this as a good start, and apparently he does to.
While I am no great prayer warrior, I do pray for my bishop each day. Like Moses we are needed to hold them up.