… says Steubenville Bishop Robert Conlon. He’s right.
The Lavender Mafia theory gets torpedoed. As does the so-called sexual revolution.
The bishops seem aware they’ve alienated many of their priests. Archbishop Curtiss blames “civil requirements,” but there’s nothing that prevents bishops from reaching out as a brother to those accused of wrongdoing.
We can’t discount the sense that clergy might believe their bishops have coddled abusers in their midst. Because of that, the standing of priests in the eyes of the laity has been tarnished. In some cases, bishops may have been criminally negligent (Santa Rosa comes to mind) yet the only forced resignation in the US episcopacy has turned into a golden Roman parachute.
The scientists have been asked to study and report on sex abuse. What the bishops might need even more is a study on what they did and how they can repair the damage they’ve done to the Church.