Just wait. The bishops are going to take action. Pretty soon. Probably. Trust them.

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 15, 2018

The American bishops told us that they had dealt decisively with the sex-abuse scandal at Dallas in 2002. This year it became painfully apparent—to everyone who didn’t know already—that they hadn’t.

Then the bishops told us that they would deal decisively with the problem at their November meeting in Baltimore. But after a good deal of discussion (not to mention a do-not-pass-Go card from Rome), they didn’t.

But as the November meeting adjourned, there was a new promise. The bishops will discuss the same crisis next June, when they meet in Baltimore again. Because it’s very urgent, you see, and so they don’t want to postpone their decisive action any more than another seven months longer.

So just be patient, because after sixteen—no make that seventeen—years, they’re definitely going to take decisive action. Maybe. Next June. If the Vatican says it’s OK.

In other news, Charlie Brown is rushing forward toward the football, and this time Lucy is sure to keep holding it...

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: nix898049 - Nov. 20, 2018 5:04 PM ET USA

    I'm thinking the Holy See is treating the US bishops the same way it is treating the Chinese bishops. It is all in with the ones that support govt programs, etc. but the loyal bishops are on their own. So face it, loyal bishops of the US, you're on your own. The cavalry isn't coming.