Below, Kathy Kane shares her observations of the EWTN coverage of the Bishops’ Conference. If this is who is at the helm of our Church and this is how they think, I’ve all but completely lost hope for the faithful. We need a miracle.
There were times I felt like I was watching a Saturday Night Live skit. Today they offered the initial presentations of the various committees. Bishop Cupich spoke about the findings and some revisions to the Charter For Protection of Children. Good news! The charter works – this is what they found!!!!
A few Bishops asked questions of clarifications on some revisions and spoke in what may as well have been a foreign language. One bishop asked for a clarification about removal from ministry when an allegation is made vs. removal from ministry when an allegation is found credible. Bishop Cupich was then going to refer to the canonical attorneys for an answer to that question. The last Bishop who asked a question was elderly and shuffled to the microphone to ask if we are a “Church of forgiveness and has there been any thought given to forgiving the abusive priests and returning them to full ministry.” Thats right forgiveness will keep kids safe and a simple confession can negate the jail time that the rest of society who commits heinous acts against children must adhere.
The coverage today of the Bishop’s conference was even worse. Cardinal Szoka protested that the wording stating that the Bishops were “obliged” to report sexual abuse claims was too strong. He felt it would be better to say they “should.” He did not feel “obliged” was appropriate. Cardinal Cupich responded that although there is no canonical obligation to enforce the charter there is a moral obligation. This would have been the perfect time for a power point presentation to be given to teach the Bishops what a moral obligation entails. A moral obligation means someone has a heart, a conscience and the desire to protect children.
Archbishop Hurley again stated today that he believes that because we are a Church of forgiveness we need to include reconciliation to embrace the abusive priests in the process. This whole idea of reconciliation with no consequences for criminal acts is news to me.When I went to confession I didn’t realize that I could confess losing my temper, taking the Lord’s name in vain and child rape all in the same category.