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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 01, 2004

If you haven't already done so, check out Phil Lawler's essay Why the Sex-Abuse Crisis Continues. It will give some helpful context for understanding the following exchange on Fox News Sunday:

Chris Wallace: But let me ask you, the report also said that there must be consequences for bishops and church leaders who abuse their role. Do you, in fact, believe that all of the church officials have faced the consequences?

Bishop Wilton Gregory: Well, one of the things that we need to do as a body of bishops is to receive and to discuss the recommendations. Obviously, the question of responsibility is an important one. It's important to the community of the church, and it's important to the bishops. So we need to look at that, to see and to study, as Mr. Bennett himself said in releasing the report last Friday, we need to look at all of the circumstances in each of the individual cases.

Diogenes: I repeat the question...

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Mar. 01, 2004 12:39 PM ET USA

    "We need to do....as a Body of Bishops". Hmm. I thought it was the Body of Christ, and I wasn't aware the the Body of Bishops, as withered as its biceps are looking these days, was an official ecclesial metaphysical entity; however, I haven't read my De Lubac or Dulles on the subject matter. The avoidance of the I as Bishop, the need to look at (Future Tense), fuzzy abstract nouns with warm purring sounds (community of church, etc). Time for a nap.

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