"Strong fraternal correction" can work both ways
Yes -- other dioceses and archdioceses have gone bankrupt or have as many as 560 sex abuse lawsuits pending against them (can anyone say, "L.A.") -- so the board criticizes not them but the Diocese of Lincoln.
The bishops' board's lack of perspective is amazing. But even more astounding, only in a good way, is that the board's target, Bishop Bruskewitz, refused to take the board's criticism lying down and in fact fired back and in no uncertain terms.
Here is what Bishop Bruskewitz said -- and to say the least, "strong fraternal correction" might be the word for it:
"Some woman named Patricia O'Donnell Ewers, who is the Chair of something called 'A National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People', has said that her Board 'calls for strong fraternal correction of the Diocese of Lincoln.' The Diocese of Lincoln has nothing to be corrected for, since the Diocese of Lincoln is and has always been in full compliance with all laws of the Catholic Church and with all civil laws. Furthermore, Ewers and her Board have no authority in the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Lincoln does not recognize them as having any significance.
"It is well known that some of the members of Ewers' Board are ardent advocates of partial birth abortion, other abortions, human cloning, and other moral errors. It is understandable then how such persons could dislike the Diocese of Lincoln, which upholds the moral teaching of the Catholic Church.
"The words attributed to Ewers seem to confirm the suspicion that the members of her Board are unfamiliar with Catholic teachings, Catholic ecclesiology, and even the basic rudiments of the Catholic Catechism. Rather than concerning themselves with the Diocese of Lincoln about which they appear completely ignorant, Ewers and her colleagues would occupy themselves in a better way by learning something about the Catholic religion and the traditions and doctrines and laws of the Catholic Church.
"The Diocese of Lincoln does not see any reason for the existence of Ewers and her organization."
Now, there is a bishop who knows how to "bishop!" Congratulations, Your Excellency!