It’s so comforting that these bishops waited for “permission.” It’s so comforting that these bishops – along with their predecessors – have been insistent upon waiting for the court’s “permission.”
For years, no, for decades they have been active in the courts – seeking “permission.”
When these bishops should have been acting like the mandated reporters that they are, they were instead working undercover – like CIA agents. These bishops have been breaking the law in order to cover-up the actions of priests who have been and may still be – breaking the law. They have been concerned about the institution of the Catholic Church instead of the institution of childhood. They have been frantically sealing every crack in their silos – to keep the outside from knowing the truth. Unfortunately, their actions have also blocked out the Light and they lost their moral credibility.
The victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests are not the only people who have been wronged by the cover-up. Every Catholic parent and child in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona have been wronged by the illegal and immoral manner in which their bishops have covered up the actions of wayward priests.
These bishops owe the abused an apology – delivered individually and in person. Moreover, each bishop owes the entire Catholic laity in their diocese an apology – delivered personally and in person in each Catholic parish in their diocese.
During this season of Advent, nothing more blessed could take place than to see Christ-like behaviors return to the chancelleries of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona.
Pope Francis got one thing wrong about the bishops. These guys already smell of sheep, but it’s from shaving the wool – not shepherding the flocks. In reality, they need to meet with the People of God to be cleansed.
Yes, Advent is the season that Christians celebrate the coming of Christ. These bishops only have a couple of weeks left to make it happen.
I pray they don’t waste it talking to their lawyers.
This commentary was originally published December 04, 2013 in the print edition of the Winona Daily News