In a nutshell, Elizabeth Scalia asks that the Vatican have every bishop of the world fill St. Peter's Square, lay prostrate on the cobblestone and everyone ad orientem along with the pope and repent publicly of their complicity in enabling the sex abuse of countless victims over the centuries.
The Vatican did have something similar on a smaller scale a couple of years ago. I remember when the now disgraced Archbishop Rembert Weakland was exposed as an unchaste homosexual and channeling (embezzling) huge amounts of diocesan funds to his lover, that he had a penitential service repenting. He should have been arrested for embezzlement and disciplined a bit more by the Church for breach of his vow of chastity and the criminal act of embezzlement.
It all strikes me as theater, though, and I just don't know about it.
Wouldn't it be better for the pope to reinstitute the more rigorous pre-Vatican II ascetical practices for both the clergy and laity as a penance for all of this? I am talking about fast and abstinence as it was prior to Vatican II, especially the Eucharistic Fast--maybe not from midnight but at least 3 hours before Mass in imitation of Christ's three hours of agony. I am speaking of the rigors of the pre-Vatican II fast for Lent. I'm speaking about ember days (Wednesdays) days of fast and abstinence.
None of these ascetical practices is theater. And it disciplines Catholics once again to take seriously fasting, abstinence and ascetical practices. The renewed purpose as penance for sex abuse in the Church and in the world.
And, moving forward, remove popes and bishops who have enabled and are enabling "winks and nods" against the moral law of God in all areas of Church teaching. That has returned with Pope Francis and with a vengeance under the guise of mercy and the Church as a field hospital.
Field hospitals often have to perform amputations to save the life of an injured person.
Writing of her own experience as a victim of sexual abuse — and the continuing revelations in a seriously wounded