Saturday, March 20, 2010

Catholic Light: Pope Benedict minds sex abuse (the letter)

Rod Dreher recently criticized the pope for not doing what is necessary, namely, removing bishops who are responsible for covering-up and other sorts of malfeasance. Commentors have lambasted the attempt to defend papal inaction behind a false "conciliarity." Is it possible for a bishop to be removed from office for malfeasance? What would be the correct canonical procedure for this? And would the Orthodox be content with the sort of ecclesiology this sort of papal power represents? Having a bishop removed from office is not the same as declaring him cut off from communion, or a pretender to the bishop's chair. Who should be able to declare a bishop unfit for office? His brother bishops? The faithful? The priests who are under his authority? All three groups, working in tandem?

John Allen, Will Ratzinger's past trump Benedict's present?
Insight Scoop: Pope Benedict XVI's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland
If the Pope is responsible, what about the Secretary of Education?

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