Irish Lifers

I guess they’re in for life.

I see the pope has refused to accept the resignations of two Irish bishops, prompting much outcry on both sides of the Atlantic. Bishops Field and Walsh have been in ecclesiastical limbo for the past eight months. But now what? They have a poisoned relationship with their archbishop. The pope heads to a nearby island next month and there’s a good likelihood Cardinal Newman will get overshadowed. Nobody doubts the Vatican exercises control over local bishops, so the lesson in this affair seems less than penetrable.

A pithy comment has surfaced on a few blogs today:

Good luck re-evangelizing Europe.

That, sadly, might cover it.

Not that I don’t agree with them in principle, but I don’t think reading the SNAP press releases will shed much light on this. We can predict the anger and dismay. There might be a future when sex abuse victims might acclaim, “Our heroes: the pope and bishops.” Accepting the resignations of these two bishops wasn’t going to make that day today. What we have instead is a clear signal from Rome that they’re in charge. And for better or worse, that implies a deeper responsibility for present and future cover-ups even more than it has in the past.

I hope they think they’re really ready for that one.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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5 Responses to Irish Lifers

  1. Mike says:

    I’m grateful that I’ve learned that the Roman Catholic Church, as an institution, despite its many good people, has nothing to do with God.

  2. crystal says:

    There might be a future when sex abuse victims might acclaim, “Our heroes: the pope and bishops.”

    Sadly, that sounds like science fiction.

  3. Liam says:

    With this inaction, the Pope has essentially torpedoed his ostensible Grail:

    Good luck re-evangelizing Europe.

    Indeed.

    To be entered into that very long catalog of examples of people who get in their own way.

  4. Barbara says:

    What happened to the concept of not giving scandal? Or that those who harm the littlest children (or those who are young in the faith) should have a millstone tied around their neck? That Jesus said, “it would be better if they had never been born,” should send shivers through all of us.

    It looks as though saving clerical necks is all that counts. Doesn’t matter what is said to the victims – actions speak volumes. This is just one more instance of the hierarchy refusing to “get it.” What is it about abuse that enables the bishops, including the pope, to be so dismissive.

  5. Jimmy Mac says:

    Because this is a site the has a major focus on music, I offer this. (with credit to “There Is Power in the Blood” by Lewis E. Jones)

    Would you be free from the pesky need to lead?

    There’s power in control, power in control;
    Would you o’er pastoring a victory succeed?
    There’s wonderful power in control.

    Refrain

    There is power, power, self-serving power
    In control of the lambs;

    There is power, power, self-serving power
    In total control of the lambs.

    Would you enjoy your passion and pride?

    There’s power in control, power in control;
    All those pretty gowns that come with the ride;

    There’s wonderful power in control.

    Refrain

    Would you be attired in raiment all aglow?
    There’s power in control, power in control;

    Guilt stains are ignored no matter where you go.

    There’s wonderful power in control.

    Refrain

    Would you avoid service to the flock that you lead?

    There’s power in control, power in control;

    Would you have them daily your praises to sing?

    There’s wonderful power in control.

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