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A rare agreement

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Aug 05, 2003

It isn't very often that I find myself in substantial agreement with an editorial in the National Catholic Reporter. But their latest, calling for the resignation of the auxiliary bishops who served in Boston under Cardinal Law, is on the money.

A small sampling:

To regain credibility, leaders of the church must accept responsibility for their actions....

In the spirit of fraternal correction, their brother bishops should call upon McCormack, Daily, Banks, Murphy and Hughes to retire....

Only by taking personal accountability for their egregious failures will the bishops, individually and collectively, begin to restore their lost credibility and become worthy pastoral leaders.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Aug. 06, 2003 8:52 AM ET USA

    I don't believe in guilt by association. The conduct of each bishop should be examined individually to see if they acted dishonorably. The released transcripts of Bishop Daily show manifest contradictions and he has already retired. I don't know about the others.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 05, 2003 10:24 PM ET USA

    If our bishops were men of honor and integrity, there would have been many resignations over the past year. While not all of our bishops are guilty of sex abuse or the cover-ups, those who have no personal guilt are silent and go about as if nothing happened. They continue to associate with the criminals in their midst and give them legitimacy. In so doing they have become a den of thieves who continue to rob the Church. Let them cling to their sins and to each other and be cast into darkness.