Thursday, June 13, 2002

Whichever way the wind blows...

I read the recent remarks of Bishop Joseph Imesch, of Joliet, IL, enthusiastically endorsing "Zero Tolerance" (more on that in my homily, posted below), and calling for reform, in the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere, and I couldn't help but wonder at the sheer cynicism displayed.

This is the same Bishop Imesch who has been devoutly seeking the approval of the AmChurch establishment at least since the deservedly-dead "women's pastoral" letter he tried to ramrod through the Bishop's Conference in the early '90's.

This is the same Bishop Imesch who, a couple of weeks ago in the Chicago Tribune, said that he did not inform parishes of the history of abusive priests that he transferred, and then went on to say that he still "saw no need" to inform parishes of such matters today.

Does he think no one would notice?

To paraphrase C.S. Lewis, how can we urge the high and hard calling of holiness upon someone who hasn't even acquired the basic virtue of integrity?