Wednesday, May 4, 2011
A BISHOP GETS THE AX AND THEN THERE IS ANGST!
In light of the sexual abuse crisis and what is perceived to have been a lax administration by bishops and their helpers, there has been a call on many fronts that bishops be held more accountable.
I would suspect that this call to accountability would have been welcomed by both right and left leaning Catholics.
In Australia, the Holy Father has recently "fired" a bishop who held heterdox views and actively promoted them, women's ordination in particular. His name is Bishop William M. Morris. Read THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER'S REPORT ON HIM BY PRESSING THIS SENTENCE.
But there is angst in Churchy Land. Many on the left believe that there wasn't enough transparency. Evidently they don't believe in confidentiality when firing someone. I wonder how many of these on the left would support total transparency when anyone is being fired.
I don't know the behind the scenes process that led to the Bishop's happy release, but I do suspect there was a process of dialogue that led to an either/or stalemate and the good bishop didn't either do what was asked which led to the or of being fired.
What do you think about transparency and due process? Should it always be an open book?