I hope the papal preacher doesn’t think the Irish bishops are being scapegoated for the grave transgressions of their clergy.
(T)he preacher of the papal household told (Pope Benedict) and other Vatican officials that as a matter of justice the church must publicly admit the weakness of some of its priests. But more is needed to renew the priesthood, said Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, giving his weekly Advent meditation Dec. 11.
It’s a good thought: renewal of the priesthood. That includes bishops, of course. If Rome were a bit more forthright on that point, it would be a good thing. THE USCCB, largely, remains silent on the matter of misbehaving bishops.
CNS has a lengthy piece today on the meeting of Irish bishops with the pope and a few curia heads. Pope Benedict is penning a pastoral letter specifically to the Catholics of Ireland. It will be an interesting read. I know I’ll be watching it for the tone taken toward bishops. Cardinal Sean Brady:
I asked (the pope), in my opening remarks, to teach us, to help us be better shepherds of the people, to lead us on the way of repentance and so, therefore, there will be suggestions about celebrations of lament and repentance involving, first of all, us bishops and priests.
What do you think might be included in such a letter? What should be included? Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said there needs to be greater involvement of laypeople in all areas of church life. Do you think that will be swallowed well?