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.