Bishops laying down the law?

Bishops laying down the law?

Ed Peters sees a sea change in the way bishops are dealing with disobedient priests. Where once cases that caused public scandal would linger on year after year, now certain bishops are taking definitive steps to correct the problem and provide a teaching moment to the faithful.

Maybe it’s just me, but I sense today a rather different mood among American bishops facing outlandish behavior by their clergy; problem-priest cases seem much less likely now to drift along year after year in unresolved, canonically ambiguous states. Ecclesiastical justice is never swift, of course, but at last its wheels seem to be turning again.

He says the latest example, which I cited yesterday about the priest from the Diocese of St. Augustine, is a prime example.

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Domenico Bettinelli