Promises, promises

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 20, 2005

Which of the following is true (choose all that apply):

  • The US bishops have promised to apply the "zero tolerance" principles of the Dallas charter to their brother bishops.
  • The US bishops have announced that in light of credible allegations against them, Bishops Ryan, Dupre, Symons, O'Connell, and others will no longer be invited to ordinations, confirmations, or USCCB meetings.
  • The US bishops have indicated that as a part of their "ongoing mutual reflection upon our commitment to holiness of life and upon the exercise of our episcopal ministry," they will demand the resignation of any bishops who have actively engaged in or condoned homosexual affairs.
  • Promises made by the US bishops can be taken seriously
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    • Posted by: Fr. William - Jun. 21, 2005 1:20 AM ET USA

      Zero-tolerance?: 1. Lock all the bishops of the US in a monastery refectory. 2. Bread & water only until they leverage Can. 401-2 on every bishop who has actively engaged in or condoned homosexual affairs. eg: Bp. Lynch & his $100,000 payoff; Bp. Flynn & his rainbow sash sympathy; Cdl. Mahony & his gay dancers. The straight bishops know who's walking light in their loafers. 3. The remaining bishops renew their unquestioned love for & obedience to the Holy Father, Magisterium, Church Teaching.

    • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2005 8:16 PM ET USA

      << Are they going to "Lynch" them? >> Only the heterosexual ones. In our diocese we had one priest who had impregnated a parishioner and she sued. The Bishop threw him under the bus by publicly chastising him (rightfully so IMO) in a no holds bared interview in the newspaper. But, the same Bishop would not comment on the many homosexual priest's doing the alter boys -- saying it was to save the Church embarrassment.

    • Posted by: parochus - Jun. 20, 2005 4:31 PM ET USA

      I think that's a tricky question...

    • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2005 2:21 PM ET USA

      Are they going to "Lynch" them?

    • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2005 2:06 PM ET USA

      Now I can see why the pope selected Archbishop Levada to a Curia position; it gives the pope a hopefully accurate source into the problems infesting the Church in the US. Before his election, then-Cardinal Ratzinger had a burden on his heart for the sins committed by priests and I believe he will firmly yet compassionately make some big changes. At least I am now Catholic where there are ways to solve this. My former home, the Episcopal church, celebrates homosexuality.

    • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2005 11:53 AM ET USA

      It will take divine intervention before the US bishops can be taken seriously. To remove bishops who actively engage in or condone homosexual affairs would eliminate about the same percentage of bishops as it would to remove priests who either engage in or condone homosexual affairs. My diocese would not only be without a bishop but would be without half our priests. My bishop's attitude is that so long as a priest's conduct doesn't create public scandal it will not be an issue.

    • Posted by: - Jun. 20, 2005 11:39 AM ET USA

      Corrupt clergy and their many enablers are hoping that a seemingly firm crackdown focused only on child molesters will take the heat off. The bishops' language suggests they won't disrupt sexually active priests, as long as they are discreet and deal with "adults." They'll continue to determine who are hired to staff Church offices and schools, promoting perversion. "Zero tolerance" won't get rid of the worst sinners and exposes good priests to ruin from a single false claim.