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By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 05, 2010

 Today the universal Church celebrates the dedication of the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major. And critics of the Vatican celebrate another opportunity to denounce the continued presence of Cardinal Bernard Law as archpriest of that basilica.

 
It’s an optional memorial on the liturgical calendar. For critics of the Church, the denunciations are almost obligatory. How, they ask, can a prelate who resigned in disgrace now hold a position of honor? Why doesn’t the Pope replace him?
 
Good questions. But the matter isn’t as simple as it seems. If the Pope should oust Cardinal Law, doesn’t consistency require him also to:
  • Demand the resignation of Cardinal Sodano as Dean of the College of Cardinals, since he (Sodano) evidently helped to cover up the misbehavior of the late Father Maciel?
  • Demand the resignations of all bishops who mishandled the sex-abuse scandal as badly as Cardinal Law did—in which case the remaining active members of US bishops’ conference could hold their annual meeting at Taco Bell, rather than renting half the rooms at the Hilton?

Hmm. Wait a minute. Maybe it’s not so complicated after all. I say go for it.

 

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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Aug. 07, 2010 5:55 AM ET USA

    St. Paul seems a beautiful model to follow: sincere repentance for serious sins and devoting of one's life in humble poverty to spreading the Word of God.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Aug. 06, 2010 10:22 AM ET USA

    "I say go for it." I second that!

  • Posted by: Japheth - Aug. 05, 2010 9:50 PM ET USA

    Despite that, only one guess is needed to know how the media would react to Diogenes being the head of the Congregation of Bishops.

  • Posted by: eustachius234 - Aug. 05, 2010 8:52 PM ET USA

    We all know what needs to be done in a human manner, i.e. throw the bums out, but perhaps the better question is what are the prudential arguments in favor of the Church not throwing them all out? This is something that truly baffles me, and the only consolation I can come up with, is what one priest told me: "in God's time ..."

  • Posted by: Ken - Aug. 05, 2010 7:55 PM ET USA

    Here! Here!

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 05, 2010 6:43 PM ET USA

    I'm with you and let's expand it: those who will not take seriously their responsibilities to throw out those politicians who reject the Church and its teachings and those who don't rid their dioceses of gay priests. Maybe Taco Bell is too big...

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 05, 2010 6:28 PM ET USA

    You had me going there for a second, Di. I had my fingers on the keyboard to write a scathing rejoinder---till I got to the last line, where you wrote it for me. Right on, as usual.

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