By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Two More Implicated Irish Bishops Out; One Left

So far, three out of four implicated bishops have resigned because of the devastating report on years of covering up sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin. The resignations are signs that the current leadership in Dublin and, of course, the Pope are very serious about starting anew. Here is the N.Y. Times link to the AP story. (Let me be clear, for the sake of fairness, that these bishops are implicated in covering up abuse, not in actually carrying it out.)

If this same sort of decisive, dramatic action had been taken in Boston years ago, the Church in the U.S. would have recovered much more quickly from the Boston debacle. The problem in Boston was that the ordinary (Cardinal Law) was himself implicated in the cover up and was resisting calls for his own resignation. Fortunately, in Dublin, the relatively new archbishop was uninvolved in any cover ups and so is free to ask these other bishops to resign, as, to his credit, he has done.