[Editor's Comment: This looks like an orchestrated event with the identical letter released on the same date in dioceses in different parts of the country. Readers, has this letter appeared in your local parish bulletins? How many dioceses participated? Who wrote the letter? Did the bishops hire a PR firm to polish their image? At your expense? If this letter appeared in your bulletin, please tell us in a comment. And ask your bishop exactly WHAT is going on?]
OUR COURSE NOT!
The bishops in various dioceses are conducting ANOTHER clueless PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN…..
Do they think the laity are hopelessly stupid? Do they think that the laity could ever give assent to a strategy proposed by the very ones responsible for the scandal and cover-up to begin with?
What about the sins/crimes that have yet to be revealed, and which revelations must be provided by Law Enforcement since the bishops have no credibility with regard to what they have half-heartedly revealed thus far?
What do they mean by reparations? The dictionary definition is: “The making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged.” To whom will they redress their reparations? Is money their primary concern?
Where is ANY acknowledgment of MORTAL SIN?
Do they not realize how their bulletin PR statements are highly insulting to the intelligence and faith of Catholics?
Are they not aware that the long-held mantra of the laity “Pray, Pay and Obey” is no longer in vogue?
Perhaps the bishops need to pray at their meeting for the virtues of honesty and humility, and then SUBMIT THEIR LETTERS OF RESIGNATION TO THE POPE, BUT ALSO, TO THE PEOPLE, beg for forgiveness, and spend the remainder of their days in penance and prayer….Anything less would fall grievously short of being an indication of sincere contriteness of heart…..