To the question: Should Catholic cardinal resign in wake of abuse scandals?

Put to me by the ChiTrib writer

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By Jim Bowman

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To the ChiTrib writer this morning, I said standards for expelling administrators involved in scandals are not very high. Now and then an impeachment but rarely. Rascals are re-elected even when all the newspapers have exposed them. Captains of industry are forgiven much if they do well otherwise. The long arm of the law manages most consistently, and then not always, to force the issue.

This I have come up with mostly after our interview, but I did make my main point, that current standards in politics and business are not violated when Catholic cardinals do not or are not forced to resign in the wake of scandals such as the current child-abuse scandal.

I should add that the possibility or advisability of same had not crossed my mind before the writer brought it up.

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Jim Bowman from Oak Park IL  

Posted: January 27th, 2014 9:29 PM

I agree, Bill. I was presented with "if others resign," etc., shouldn't cardinals? Trouble is, others don't. Card. George already handed in his resignation, at 75, awaits papal action. However, if he were to resign, it would be a dramatic blow for honesty and honor. But he is anything but a dramatic man, and it's foolish to consider, much less expect it. Retiring to a monastery would be a great move, but a very bold one and slap at the others. Won't happen.

Bill D  

Posted: January 25th, 2014 10:06 AM

Yes, he should resign, Jim. Both for his abysmal handling of the pedophile scandal and due to the fact that the church's retirement age is 75. And I have to ask, since when did the Catholic Church start comparing itself to the secular world of business and politics? The church has frequently brushed aside suggestions that it should emulate behaviors/values in that world. I'd argue that it can't then use the wrong doings inherent in the secular world to avoid the consequences of its own sins.

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