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The Bishops are pretending it’s not wrong

Texas bishop analyzes USCCB problem with abuse scandal

by Dr. Larry Fedewa (November 17, 2018)                                                                    

The Federalist, a daily online political newsletter, featured a report by John David Danielson (November 16, 2018) on the recent meeting in Baltimore of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The major news event of the meeting was the intervention by Pope Francis forbidding the bishops to vote on any resolutions pertaining to the abuse scandal. This was widely reported, and Davidson provides context and commentary. However, the most striking insight was provided by his interview with Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler Texas regarding the underlying issue, namely that “the bishops themselves must strive for holiness and speak clearly about sin”. Davidson reports:

“I asked Strickland about that, and he told me the root of the sexual abuse crisis now facing the church is confusion about sin. ‘And where does that sin come from? It comes from not really deep down believing this is wrong, what a priest has done to abuse a little boy or a girl—or a teenager or an adult,’ he said. ‘It’s pretending that it’s really not wrong.’ ”  Keep Reading