Delayed reaction

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 20, 2004

You're the doctor. You tap the patient's knee with the rubber mallet. You watch for the reaction. How long do you wait before you decide this patient has a serious problem?

The seminary scandal in St. Pölten, Austria, hit the headlines just last week. Outrage! Headlines! Furor! And wham-bam! within 10 days the Vatican has named an apostolic administrator. Good. The patient's nervous system, at least, seems intact.

In April 2002, the leaders of the US bishops' conference traveled to the Vatican for an emergency meeting on the scandal in this country. Together, the Roman Curia and the American prelates issued a statement announcing (among other things) that "a new and serious Apostolic Visitation of seminaries and other institutes of formation must be made without delay."

27 months later, we're still waiting for a visible response.

Maybe it's time to pick up the mallet and tap again. Harder.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 27, 2004 11:14 AM ET USA

    If priests, bishops, and cardinals are not by actions and words in keeping with Rome and doctrine, then they are leading the people in the Diocese into sin and a road to hell. It would be better then that they do not attend Church than to be lead in that direction. By Rome not responding it is letting the people in the Diocese fight the battle themselves and make decisions that they should not have to be making. Where is the difficulty with all of it being handled in a responsible manner?!?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 24, 2004 4:07 PM ET USA

    I remeber the Good Bishop Fulton Sheen advising parents that if you get no response from dialogue with your erring child remeber that the brain is connect to the backbone and just below is the derriere...a paddle to the buttocks should make quite a connection. hobbit

  • Posted by: - Jul. 21, 2004 5:24 PM ET USA

    Hmmmm.... part of this visitation is inspecting seminaries..... Roger solved that one.We simply do not have any seminaries in this the largest archdiocese in the USA. No high school seminary - no college seminary. We still have our non theology theologate....for now. It sits on valuable land as did the sold off college seminary. It won't last long. How is that for a track record for his tenure

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Jul. 21, 2004 12:39 AM ET USA

    First, you pray. Then, you surgically remove the men who are not in union with Rome (evidence of their traitorism is in their words/deeds), filing religious/spiritual malpractice suits against Cardinals McCarrick, Keeler & Mahony, and against Bishops Pilarcyk, Trautman, Skylstad, Gaydos, Hanifan, Gregory & others who have directly tabled/postponed the Apostolic Visitation and who have directly stalled the historic plenary session called for by the bishops who are actually in union with Rome.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jul. 20, 2004 11:53 PM ET USA

    "with all deliberate speed" (to quote the USSC Brown v. Board of Education)

  • Posted by: - Jul. 20, 2004 5:37 PM ET USA

    Tell you what: Why don't you just give me that mallet, and stand back a bit. I promise I'll get a reaction. And sometimes I wish the Pope would use the same approach.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 20, 2004 5:21 PM ET USA

    In my experience, when I tap with the mallet in one place and get no response, I tap again ... and then I tap somewhere else. If I don't get a response anywhere and the patient's eyes are closed, I go back and check to see if he/she is breathing and has a pulse!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 20, 2004 10:13 AM ET USA

    We need pictures.