Monday, November 15, 2004

Withdraw This 

Courtesy of our esteemed colleague Rorschach at No Capital, two news items that, in juxtaposition, require very little in the way of editorial embellishment from us. Item the first:
Pope John Paul on Saturday warned Protestant churches that liberal views toward homosexuality would result in the Vatican withdrawing from ecumenism.

The Pope's remarks came during a service to mark the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council which led the Catholic Church into a period of ecumenism with other Christian Churches.
And item the second:
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are holding their fall meeting this week during troubled times for the U.S. church.

Two dioceses have declared bankruptcy in the face of millions of dollars in clergy sex abuse claims and a third plans to file at the end of this month. More dioceses are expected to follow . . . .

The Spokane bankruptcy has drawn special attention because its leader, Bishop William Skylstad, was in line to succeed Bishop Wilton Gregory of Belleville, Ill., as president of the bishops' conference during this fall meeting.

Skylstad is named in several lawsuits that accuse the Spokane Diocese of hiding wrongdoing by priests, and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests will be in Washington to oppose his candidacy. The network has accused bishops of exaggerating the financial threat from litigation and declaring bankruptcy to escape responsibility for their own wrongdoing.
In case you were wondering, Skylstad was confirmed as president this morning.

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