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Understatement?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Nov 09, 2004

The outgoing president of the US bishops' conference spoke to the New York Times about his term, and the sex-abuse issue that dominated it:

"I'm not trying to say everything was done perfectly," Bishop Gregory said.

I haven't actually checked yet, but I'm pretty sure Diogenes would agree.

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  • Posted by: - Nov. 10, 2004 11:45 AM ET USA

    The New York Times must be up to its old tricks ... His Excellency must have been misquoted. I think he meant to say "I'm not trying to say anything was done perfectly." At least that would better reflect the facts as they appear.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2004 9:54 PM ET USA

    The old saying is; "It could have been worse." Possibly but I don't see how. The USCCB is useless.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2004 6:36 PM ET USA

    I understand from Charles Wilson of Christi Fidelis that the "presumption of innocence" and "the right to trial" originated in Canon Law and were formally present in the 1917 Code, but got left out of the 1983 Code. Of course, in the US Bishop's Dallas, zero tolerance for priests and lesser lights (but not greater ones) manifesto, our ever-so-orthodox bishops got rid of another tradition. Thanks Bp. Gregory.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 09, 2004 4:07 PM ET USA

    Phew! I'm sure glad he made that clear...

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