Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

over and over again

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 25, 2008

 Explaining why he ordered the cancellation of a book-signing by Phil Lawler at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Msgr. Walter Rossi, the rector the basilica, told the Washington Times that Phil's book, The Faithful Departed, covered a subject on which the Roman Pontiff wants no further discussion. During his April visit to the US, the rector said, the Pope said as much.

"Benedict over and over again said it's time to move on," the monsignor said of the sex-abuse scandal.

Really? 

If the Pope said this "over and over again," it's funny that the message does not appear in the transcripts of his public remarks. It's funny that nobody else heard him say it. Maybe Msgr. Rossi had a front-row seat, and could hear things that the Pope whispered.

Yes, Pope Benedict said that it is time for healing and reconciliation. But he also said that he was "deeply ashamed" by the scandal, and that it had been "sometimes very badly handled." 

If the sex-abuse crisis was shameful, and if it was badly handled-- and who would deny either fact?-- then true reconciliation would entail a careful examination of that inept handling, and a determination to root out the problem. Then maybe it would be appropriate to "move on." 

But in fairness to Msgr. Rossi, he wasn't speaking entirely for himself. The rector reported that he had received "several complaining calls" about Phil's scheduled appearance at the shrine bookstore. He doesn't really have to tell us who made those calls; we already know. The US hierarchy, which "sometimes very badly handled" the sex-abuse scandal, is uncomfortable with any further discussion of the issue. The American bishops think "it's time to move on." That's become something like a mantra, chanted over and over again until sometimes people hear it even when it hasn't been said.

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!

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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. May 22
What's wrong with these pictures? May 22
What can we learn from the dignity of military services? May 22
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? May 21
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days