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a paper anniversary

By Jeff (articles ) | Apr 23, 2003

One year ago today, the Holy Father delivered an address to the cardinals of the United States on the clerical abuse scandal. Among other things, he said:

It must be absolutely clear to the Catholic faithful, and to the wider community, that Bishops and superiors are concerned, above all else, with the spiritual good of souls. People need to know that there is no place in the priesthood and religious life for those who would harm the young. They must know that Bishops and priests are totally committed to the fullness of Catholic truth on matters of sexual morality, a truth as essential to the renewal of the priesthood and the episcopate as it is to the renewal of marriage and family life.

As a result of the norms that arose from the Dallas meeting last June, people now know that those accused of harming the young will be suspended. Would that it were equally manifest that all superiors are concerned above all else with the good of souls and that all clergy are totally committed to the fullness of Catholic truth.

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