Rome, U.S. hierarchy to punish bishops?
Could be, says the March 31 LifeSiteNews.com. The pro-life/family news service reports that the U.S. hierarchy and Rome are talking about disciplinary action against unnamed guilty bishops.
According to the article, canon law stipulates that only the Holy Father can punish a bishop. So far, no U.S. bishop has actually been punished, unless you count early resignation. USCCB head Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane asserts the Vatican has "taken action" against Bernard Cardinal Law of Boston by accepting his premature departure.
LifeSiteNews.com recalls that Cardinal Law resigned in 2002, four years before reaching mandatory retirement age, when the media revealed the extent of his cover-up of sex crimes. Bishop Skylstad says several other bishops directly involved in abusing minors also bowed out early.
Hmmm.....remember what Cardinal Mahony said in early 2002--that if he had swept as many molester-priests under the rug as Cardinal Law, he would resign? Well, more than 100 priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles might be sex criminals, and the July 18, 2002, issue of The Wanderer said Cardinal Mahony's scandal "threatens to dwarf...Law's mess."
With 560 sex-abuse lawsuits in the works against his Archdiocese, isn't it time for the Cardinal to stop postponing the inevitable and pen a letter to Pope Benedict XVI?