Sins of omission

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 01, 2004

The leaders of an American Catholic diocese are planning a special ceremony to express their repentance for sins of omission in leadership. "We want the church to be a healthy family, and we can’t be until we move past this," a diocesan spokesman told the local newspaper. "I believe acknowledging our sin in public shows we’re sincere and moving in the right direction.”

At this ceremony, Church officials will confess a failure to:

  • protect boys from predatory priests
  • instill the basic truths of the faith to children in religious-education programs
  • curb liturgical abuse
  • respond quickly and honestly to appeals from the laity.

If you've been reading Off the Record regularly, you don't even have to read the story to know that the correct answer is "none of the above." Having failed to address the obvious problems within the Church, diocesan officials are apologizing for their failure to address a social/political problem in society at large.

Oh, one more thing. The newspaper account tells us that for this special ceremony in Gary, Indiana, "the public is invited, but will not be allowed to speak." But will there be an opportunity to make financial contributions to the diocesan leadership? Let me guess.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Sep. 06, 2004 6:12 PM ET USA

    If "racism" is the sin, exactly who is being offended and by whom? Are people being asked to seek God's forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation? And what a lame web site is -- no search, no archive, and not in the google cache.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 02, 2004 10:07 AM ET USA

    Diogenes, I wonder if you are really aware of the extent of sex abuse of minors in society. Speak to anybody at DFS.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 01, 2004 9:55 PM ET USA

    The ordinary clown running this show obviously doesn't know much about the structure of the Church or it's global makeup. "The Church" is not racist. It never has been. "The Church" is the Mystical Body of Christ. If this clown's "church" is racist, he probably doesn't belong to "The Church" founded by Christ. Now there have been and still are misguided individuals who are racist. To accomplish some good, it would be better to encourage them to go to confession and amend their thinking!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 01, 2004 7:36 PM ET USA

    The laity is too busy hunting, shooting and fishing to be speaking. I wonder what punishment in purgatory awaits this Ecclesial circus troupe? Send in the clowns.