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What have we learned from the Inquisition?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jan 07, 2004

What painful lesson should Church leaders draw from the history of the Inquisition?

For one thing, it's a dangerous mistake to turn ecclesiastical problems over to civil authorities.

How much better is it to have clerical discipline handled by ex-FBI agents?

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jan. 07, 2004 11:44 PM ET USA

    This process has the worst of both worlds: The Review Board lacks the independence and authority to properly do its job -- but the bishops use the process to make the dubious claim that they have reformed their dioceses in response to the scandal.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 07, 2004 6:33 PM ET USA

    They REFUSE to do it themselves, Phil! What do you expect?

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