We have $168,671 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Promises, promises

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Jun 20, 2005

Which of the following is true (choose all that apply):

  • The US bishops have promised to apply the "zero tolerance" principles of the Dallas charter to their brother bishops.
  • The US bishops have announced that in light of credible allegations against them, Bishops Ryan, Dupre, Symons, O'Connell, and others will no longer be invited to ordinations, confirmations, or USCCB meetings.
  • The US bishops have indicated that as a part of their "ongoing mutual reflection upon our commitment to holiness of life and upon the exercise of our episcopal ministry," they will demand the resignation of any bishops who have actively engaged in or condoned homosexual affairs.
  • Promises made by the US bishops can be taken seriously

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($168,671 to go):
$200,000.00 $31,328.72
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 7 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jun. 21, 2005 1:20 AM ET USA

    Zero-tolerance?: 1. Lock all the bishops of the US in a monastery refectory. 2. Bread & water only until they leverage Can. 401-2 on every bishop who has actively engaged in or condoned homosexual affairs. eg: Bp. Lynch & his $100,000 payoff; Bp. Flynn & his rainbow sash sympathy; Cdl. Mahony & his gay dancers. The straight bishops know who's walking light in their loafers. 3. The remaining bishops renew their unquestioned love for & obedience to the Holy Father, Magisterium, Church Teaching.

  • Posted by: Zoromyster - Jun. 20, 2005 8:16 PM ET USA

    << Are they going to "Lynch" them? >> Only the heterosexual ones. In our diocese we had one priest who had impregnated a parishioner and she sued. The Bishop threw him under the bus by publicly chastising him (rightfully so IMO) in a no holds bared interview in the newspaper. But, the same Bishop would not comment on the many homosexual priest's doing the alter boys -- saying it was to save the Church embarrassment.

  • Posted by: parochus - Jun. 20, 2005 4:31 PM ET USA

    I think that's a tricky question...

  • Posted by: dusty - Jun. 20, 2005 2:21 PM ET USA

    Are they going to "Lynch" them?

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2005 2:06 PM ET USA

    Now I can see why the pope selected Archbishop Levada to a Curia position; it gives the pope a hopefully accurate source into the problems infesting the Church in the US. Before his election, then-Cardinal Ratzinger had a burden on his heart for the sins committed by priests and I believe he will firmly yet compassionately make some big changes. At least I am now Catholic where there are ways to solve this. My former home, the Episcopal church, celebrates homosexuality.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2005 11:53 AM ET USA

    It will take divine intervention before the US bishops can be taken seriously. To remove bishops who actively engage in or condone homosexual affairs would eliminate about the same percentage of bishops as it would to remove priests who either engage in or condone homosexual affairs. My diocese would not only be without a bishop but would be without half our priests. My bishop's attitude is that so long as a priest's conduct doesn't create public scandal it will not be an issue.

  • Posted by: Fiducia - Jun. 20, 2005 11:39 AM ET USA

    Corrupt clergy and their many enablers are hoping that a seemingly firm crackdown focused only on child molesters will take the heat off. The bishops' language suggests they won't disrupt sexually active priests, as long as they are discreet and deal with "adults." They'll continue to determine who are hired to staff Church offices and schools, promoting perversion. "Zero tolerance" won't get rid of the worst sinners and exposes good priests to ruin from a single false claim.

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Preparing for the Synod on the Family October 2
Making sense of the Pope's message to America-- including the Kim Davis meeting October 2
Coming of (old) age under Obamacare: a rant October 1
1971: The best of times, the worst of times October 1
How Christianity spreads around the globe September 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope issues new rules to streamline annulment process CWN - September 8
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24