Jimmy Mac sent me this link to Catholica Australia’s commentary on the pope’s letter to Irish Catholics. They didn’t like the blame game either, but added three other points: protecting the pope, extending the poor, dumb laity meme, and undoing Vatican II.
I’m a bit of skeptic on reading these kinds of themes into the text of a letter with a fairly singular thrust. Naturally, a human institution protects itself. And the pope’s revisionism on Vatican II is no surprise.
On the other hand, one canon lawyer sees the letter as a bombshell. This letter, coming from an advocate of continuity, I find it hard to believe that something explosive will tackle the situation. Unless the pope views grave sin and cover-up as something worthy of a certain … disruption.
My suspicion is that the truth is somewhere in between. The letter is not a total disappointment, nor is it total reform. I want to believe that when confronted with paradigm-shattering truth, that moral and good people–like the pope–will strive to do right in the face of horrific wrongs.