They've learned nothing
By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Jun 10, 2003
Fr Andrew Greeley's column today suggests that the bishops of this country have learned nothing in the past year at all, and even speculates that they may very well gut their Dallas charter.
This strikes me as common sense. Even after the past eighteen months, we still have in place a system in which the Church IS the bishops, and exists FOR the bishops. The proof of this is the fact that there are bishops serving today as active Diocesans who would be unacceptable to the Boy Scouts of America as scoutmasters. The whole silly Dallas drama was choreographed to protect them and get public pressure off them.
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Jun. 10, 2003 11:34 AM ET USA
tWe forget that the pressure to amend the Dallas charter comes not from the American episcopate, but from the Roman Curia and tribunals. Christian doctrines of forgiveness and the constant possibility of conversion/renewal are missing from the policy. These values are not in the core of the Scout Oath, but they are mandates upon which our own salvation is predicated as we hear in the gospel now. No one wants these guys near kids, but life-time exclusion is consonant with basic morality.