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the bishops' quick-response capability

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 23, 2005

In April 2002, the leaders of the US bishops' conference met with Vatican officials, and issued a joint statement that proclaimed in part:

...a new and serious Apostolic Visitation of seminaries and other institutes of formation must be made without delay...

Yesterday Catholic News Service announced that the visitation would begin this fall: a mere 42 months after the statement was issued.

And that's without delay.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 24, 2005 1:29 AM ET USA

    Sure, 3+ years is not long in ecclesial time, yet, the Vatican did respond swiftly, in just months, to the seminary scandal in Austria. The US delay is due to bishops who stall the process, who have diocesan seminaries that need closing. The plan is simple: get the checklist of requirements from the Holy Father; require interviews with EVERY seminarian; DO NOT let each seminary know the visitation date; select only orthodox bishops for the Visitator team; plan to shut down a few seminaries.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 23, 2005 1:09 PM ET USA

    If you know Church history, three years is actually very fast for Vatican standards.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 23, 2005 11:58 AM ET USA

    Forty-two months. That's more than three years! That's what traitorous bishops who form committees do: stall. We don't yet have the number of orthodox millennial bishops necessary to have moved the Visitation along more quickly, but soon we will. Let's at least pray for the bishops who will be the Visitators, that they courageously & boldly tell the Truth with Love (& close some seminaries as a result, & strengthen the few orthodox ones). Saint Charles Borromeo, pray for us & for our bishops.