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My action items for the US bishops’ meeting

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 09, 2020

The McCarrick Report challenges the US bishops to think big during their November meeting. The following agenda would be the first step in demonstrating they are serious in ensuring that policies, procedures, and protocols are put into place to—as James Martin, SJ promises, echoing the bishops themselves—“prevent this from ever happening again.”

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We suggest the USCCB establish a permanent standing committee of bishops, lawyers, insurance executives, and major lay benefactors to fine-tune these strategic goals in detail, provide workshop modules for clergy and Church staff, and monitor ongoing progress.

Action Items for the November Meeting

  1. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent the worship of false gods from ever happening again.
  2. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent taking the Lord’s name in vain from ever happening again.
  3. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent desecrating the Sabbath from ever happening again.
  4. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent dishonoring parents from ever happening again.
  5. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent murder from ever happening again.
  6. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent adultery from ever happening again.
  7. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent stealing from ever happening again.
  8. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent false witness from ever happening again.
  9. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent coveting a neighbor’s wife from ever happening again.
  10. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent coveting the goods of one’s neighbor from ever happening again.

Alternative Agenda

Action Item #1: Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent the establishment of policies, procedures, and protocols from ever happening again.

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 CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: doughlousek7433 - Nov. 11, 2020 1:08 PM ET USA

    Well done. God Bless you!

  • Posted by: fenton1015153 - Nov. 11, 2020 8:26 AM ET USA

    Given our present flock of Bishops they will have to consult with their lawyers, accountants, political friends, wealthy donors and all LGBT representatives before setting policy. If they don't they will be accused of being too rigid and harsh. What did Jesus say about the scribes and pharisees? "Even so, on the outside you appear righteous, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing." Matt 23:27 Pray for the Church.

  • Posted by: bjettner3980 - Nov. 10, 2020 7:45 PM ET USA

    Love the Action Items suggested for the upcoming USCCB meeting, including the suggested Alternative Agenda. I also suggest breakout sessions, with tabletop exercises and Power Points, on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: philtech2465 - Nov. 10, 2020 9:23 AM ET USA

    Gee Phil, it sounds like you want bishops to act like -- bishops!! LOL!

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Nov. 10, 2020 8:25 AM ET USA

    An absolute classic! They should enact the items from both agendas!

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Nov. 10, 2020 12:42 AM ET USA

    Hilarious! Well said!

  • Posted by: feedback - Nov. 09, 2020 9:48 PM ET USA

    All ten Action Items sound brilliant. Rigid but brilliant! However, Action Item #1 on the Alternative Agenda is my favorite. Whatever happened to ordinary decency, and common sense? May God bless you, Phil.