Call A Council For The Cover-Up?

I noticed this news piece first in CathNews Australia yesterday. I wasn’t going to blog about it. RNS linked to this Yahoo! News piece, citing a proposal from Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who headed up the Church’s response team Down Under.

The meeting would be akin to the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council, Robinson told a news conference in Sydney, referring to the historic body that transformed the Catholic Church with modernizing reforms.

But this council would focus only on solving the abuse issue, he added.

Would it be hard to focus only on sex abuse? Would the bishops be prepared to look in the mirror at one of the main obstacles for healing?

It’s a big issue. It impacts the moral lives and leadership of bishops. It certainly impacts believers who feel that the immorality of the institution has left Christianity behind. Is it as big of an issue as Arianism or the Protestant Reformation? I’m not sure, but I think it might take a council to address this issue and allow the Holy Spirit a wider venue to deliver a wake-up call to the world’s bishops.

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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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One Response to Call A Council For The Cover-Up?

  1. Liam says:

    A council is limited or enlarged by the quality of its participants. Given the the fact that current bishops almost entirely represent the stamp of one or two people at most, I would say limiting factors are more salient than amplifying ones.

    I would rather have an assembly of lay, religious, clerical and prelatial faithful. Perhaps chosen by lot (or at least a significant portion, like half, chosen by lot) in ways that cannot be easily gamed. (Of course, one downside to choice by lot is that comparatively small-denominator subgroups like prelates have an embedded organizational advantage of being more closely networked, so you need procedural rules to dampen the salience of that feature.)

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