Just popped out at me from a Vatican release 4 days ago about limiting to abuse discussion to protecting minors, nothing about seminarians . . .

. . . or offending bishops.

In a statement Nov. 23, Papal spokesman Greg Burke called the February meeting “unprecedented,” and said that it “shows Pope Francis has made the protection of minors a fundamental priority for the Church.”

The gathering is about “keeping children safe from harm worldwide,” he said, adding that the pope wants the Church’s leaders to “to have a full understanding of the devastating impact that clerical sexual abuse has on victims.”

As for bishops, a two-edged sword.

Burke said that the meeting is for bishops, who, he said, have the most responsibility for the “grave problem” of abuse; but lay men and women who are experts in the area of abuse will also be providing input and will be able to help address what should be done “to ensure transparency and accountability.”

Beautiful, much used phrase at the end.

As for responsibility, if that is so, why was initiative by Americans squelched and its leadership blind-sided at the recent fiasco-ized bishops’ meeting in Baltimore?

Holy b.s., I say.

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