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US bishops' accountability, 10 years after Dallas

June 08, 2012

Following up on his earlier analysis, David Gibson writes in the Wall Street Journal about the failure of American bishops to hold themselves accountable for their management (or mismanagement) of the sex-abuse scandal.

The best answer the bishops had to this in Dallas was a behind-the-scenes "fraternal correction" policy, by which a bishop would quietly pass along any concerns about another bishop to that bishop.

Unfortunately there is little evidence that fraternal correction has been administered.


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  • Posted by: FredC - Jun. 08, 2012 5:42 PM ET USA

    Once upon a time David Gibson was a great help to the Church. When did he run off the tracks? Instead of condemning all bishops, he might try to determine which bishops know of errant bishops but have not reported the errant bishops to the bishops themselves, the president of the USCCB, and to Rome -- in that sequence.