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Shaw on the Conference

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 16, 2006

Russell Shaw gives a useful sketch of the U.S. bishops' conference through its successive re-engineerings in the November issue of Crisis. The piece is helpful for understanding the issues behind the down-sizing currently underway. Shaw, moreover, has a deft touch in dealing with the Church's more public embarrassments. I liked the finesse he pulled off in this graf:

The main hope of conference insiders is that that vision will be forthcoming when Francis Cardinal George of Chicago, USCCB vice president and widely regarded as the brightest member of the American hierarchy, succeeds Bishop Skylstad as president two years from now.

The reader will have noticed that epithets are bestowed upon only one of the pair concerned. Shaw's insider time as Information Director for the conference was not wasted.

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  • Posted by: hUMPTY dUMPTY - Nov. 17, 2006 5:11 AM ET USA

    And which Bishop put his Diocese into bankruptcy to avoid displaying the evidence of criminal behavior in covering up sex abuse transfers? AMDG

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Nov. 16, 2006 8:09 PM ET USA

    $137,000,000 $137,000,000 $137,000,000 A small price to pay for the privilege of $1.0 Billion in abuse settlements, closing of parishes, dismantling of Catholic Schools, etc. Gather Us In.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 16, 2006 5:04 PM ET USA

    I cannot think of a single word I would change in the Editorial presented in the Baltimore Examiner of Nov. 16. I have watched some hours of the proceedings of the USCCB meeting on EWTN. I am hurt and disheartened to watch the talk, talk, talk. Why in goodness did the Church let these people expand their scope to so preclude the role of the local Bishop? Are we so befreft of intelligent men that we can't find 1 per diocese who can teach and lead faithfully, w/o 300 advisors/controllers?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Nov. 16, 2006 4:19 PM ET USA

    It's not clear why he thinks a stronger Conference would have been any better at handling clerical sex abuse than its members were as individuals.

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Nov. 16, 2006 11:34 AM ET USA

    I am not conviced that things will change under any president of the USCCB that is elected by this group of Bishops. One who dares to attempt to return to orthodoxy of any kind will be quickly put in his place!

  • Posted by: shrink - Nov. 16, 2006 6:20 AM ET USA

    Conference insiders and others will be dissappointed in Cdl George if they are looking to a man who has both courage and insight. As one of many signs, simply count the number of faculty at Loyola and DePaul Universities who have taken the mandatum. Shaw's tip of the hat to Cdl George is gratuitous, for there is little basis in fact that the Cdl's brilliance has translated well into governing the Church of Chicago.

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