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Gov. Keating's resignation letter

By Jeff (articles ) | Jun 17, 2003

The bishops' conference has posted the full text of Gov. Keating's resignation letter and Bishop Gregory's response. The governor pulls no punches, does not apologize, and praises Bishop Gregory:

"As I have recently said, and have repeated on several occasions, our Church is a Faith institution. A home to Christ's people. It is not a criminal enterprise. It does not condone and cover up criminal activity. It does not follow a code of silence. My remarks, which some bishops found offensive, were deadly accurate. I make no apology. To resist grand jury subpoenas, to suppress the names of offending clerics, to deny, to obfuscate, to explain away; that is the model of a criminal organization, not my church. The humiliation, the horrors of the sex scandal must be a poisonous aberration, a black page in our history that cannot ever recur. It has been disastrous to the Church in America. Most of America's bishops are fully supportive of the Board's efforts. They have led and led well and have stood up for virtue. Your own leadership has been extraordinary and courageous. You are a model of the Good Shepherd."

Bishop Gregory, in turn, praises Governor Keating and does not condemn his recent remarks:

"I accept your resignation with an awareness of the enormous contribution you have made to the Church in the United States and to the Board as its first Chairman.... Both as a devout Catholic and as a governor who met the challenge of leading his state through the tragedy of a devastating act of domestic terrorism, you struck me as having the qualities needed to take on the task that I gave to you. Your work this past year only served to confirm my early intuition."

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