The Pope has issued an Apostolic Letter (heavy) Motu Proprio to establish procedures to remove bishops who don’t act adequately in regard to priests who hurt children or vulnerable people.
Good. On the face of it, that’s great.
I’ve been irritated ever since the US bishops decided to exempt themselves from the so-called Dallas Charter. Instead of “clerics”, they chose “priests and deacons”, thus leaving themselves outside.
However, as I have listened to my friends react to this news in email and and texts, I am confirmed in my first reaction.
Bishops will now have an even greater motive to hammer innocent priests into the ground in order to cover their episcopal backsides.
Will this mark another “open season” on priests?
Think about it:
Freeda Burnbradia doesn’t like what Father preaches, or that he doesn’t have altar girls. In her oddball feminist fog she imagines that, during a rehearsal for a Mass, Father is not quite properly dealing with all the altar boys. Hence, she writes to the local Bishop of Libville, Most Rev. Fatty McButterpants, with the notion that Father might not be dealing with children in a way that she (therefore everyone) approves. The Bishop of Libville then grinds Father into grit in the gutter on the force of a suggestion. He wants to cover his increasingly wide ass in light of the new legislation.
Father is, of course, entirely innocent. But this moment gives everyone cover to get a troublesome priest out of the way.
It’s all about bishops and never about priests.
Except for Summorum Pontificum. That was about priests. It was a document of astonishing importance.