What have we learned from the Inquisition?
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?