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Los Angeles Times on Governor Keating

By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Jun 13, 2003

Here's a brief, interesting bit of background on Governor Keating's penchant for controversy.

To be fair, one wonders if it is really possible for a National Review Board to do its job? It has to establish itself as a credible, independent lay voice or it loses all credibility with the public, victims and their advocates. Yet it has to deal with the bishops. It seems indisputable that many of them simply do not understand the extent to which their credibility has eroded, and the Church's reputation suffered. It seems that many of them really believe that unconditional trust is something to which they are entitled ex oficio. I don't know whether that's hubris, or just the degree to which they're insulated from ordinary folk. Perhaps they're simply not conditioned to realize that disasters can, indeed, happen.

It may simply be inevitable that the bishops will come to regard the board as an interloper, trespassing on their exclusive bailiwick of governance, to be grudgingly ceded very limited operational turf. What one would have to do in order to bring about a more cordial, cooperative relationship, I don't know, especially since right out of the starting gate some major prelates were clearly very unhappy with the board.

But there are two jobs in this Church I'd never want: Gov. Keating's, and Bishop Gregory's.

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  • Posted by: - Jun. 14, 2003 2:21 PM ET USA

    To be fair? A Catholic is taught at a early age to respect their elders and the NRB doing its duty in behalf of the public, & victims needs to show courtesy and not be disrespectful if they intend to achieve what it needs. The Clergy has committed their lives by serving in the Priesthood and are deserving of respect, we can't attack all of them by the actions of a few, and everyone take a deep breath. Only Almighty God is Divine the rest of us are Human and the Spirit works thru all.Hebrews11:1

  • Posted by: - Jun. 13, 2003 11:38 PM ET USA

    Nothing will happen until all the dead wood is gone. We are going to have to wait until all the dissadents are dead. It seems as if nothing will be done from Rome until we have a real disciplinarian as a Pope. John Paul has done great things for the chuch but a disciplinarian he is not

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