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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 01, 2005

Bishop Symons is living a life of liberty and comfort. Bishop Dupre is living a life of liberty and comfort. Bishop Dan Ryan is living a life of liberty and comfort. Bishop Kendrick Williams is living a life of liberty and comfort. Bishop Joseph Hart is living a life of liberty and comfort. Archbishop Weakland is living a life of liberty and comfort. But CNS reports that the USCCB will introduce revisions to its "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" at its meeting later this month.

In the charter, revisions are far more extensive, but the substantive thrust remains the same. Throughout, future verbs are changed to the present tense -- for example, "will have" becomes "is to have" -- reflecting the fact that these are no longer a set of promises to fulfill, but actions and policies that are, or ought to be, in place already across the nation.

That'll strike horror into the hearts of perps. Feel safer yet?

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jun. 02, 2005 12:41 PM ET USA

    In the words of the former USCCB prez, Abp. Wilton "eyebrows" Gregory, "We have been enlightened..." I still say that a cloistered Carthusian monastery, with individual cells, with just enough room for a small altar, a single bed, desk and bookcase, would be the proper "retirement" setting for these men. And, please, let us pray that the other bishops will have the Heart of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and answer His call to be the Successors to the Apostles that He calls them to be...

  • Posted by: - Jun. 02, 2005 9:11 AM ET USA

    At least they will be subjecting themselves to the laws of grammar. Is this a step on the path of subjecting themselves to the laws of the Church? Or is this another step in the process of maintaining their chancery life style and staying out of jail?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 02, 2005 2:21 AM ET USA

    Diogenes, You forgot Marciel in your listing!

  • Posted by: Robbie - Jun. 01, 2005 6:09 PM ET USA

    I seem to remember that "after the elections" the excommunication of politicians who promote abortion is/was to be considered - another failing/delay?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2005 5:10 PM ET USA

    Hey Diogenes, I sure hope you're getting paid for all this blog time. I didn't know it was humanly possible to comment on so many items... and so often. At least you're always right, unlike most Catholic blog heads, who don't know their apse from their narthex. Hope all is rosy there in Lincoln.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 01, 2005 2:45 PM ET USA

    The expression "rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic - er, USCCB - comes to mind..."

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