I felt a bit miffed at the RNS headline on David Gibson’s analysis of the Vatican’s sex abuse commission. The point of the group is not to convince skeptics, but to do good work. Commission member Peter Saunders:
I’m actually very, very hopeful that there are going to be some very significant things happening (especially on disciplining bishops).
Mr Saunders also is giving the task a limited window to get things done:
(I)f in a year or two there isn’t some firm action on those matters then I don’t think I’ll be sitting here talking to you.
We’re not here for lip service. We’re here to protect our children.
This is right. Good work remains yet to be done. The skeptics–and I would probably include myself among them, will need a generation of bishops to be sure–fifteen years and into the next papacy. The deepest scandal is that we have so many untrustworthy shepherds, and then there are bishops out there we are not sure about.