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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?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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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?