Teflon Bishops

Amy Welborn reviews Phil Lawler’s book, The Faithful Departed, on the sexual abuse scandal in Boston. She also mentions a documentary, “The Sermons of Sister Jane,” about a nun’s efforts to bring to light sexual misconduct by Bishop Patrick Ziemann.

A related story: John Allen looks at the question of why the Vatican is soft on abusing bishops. Why has no bishop been laicized for either personal sins and crimes (Ziemann a great example) or for mishandling and lying about sexual abuse by priests? Allen suggests the answer lies in Catholic theology of ordination.

2 thoughts on “Teflon Bishops

  1. Thanks. I hadn’t heard anything about that. The link is to a story of some Irish Christian leaders who were not allowed to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem because they wouldn’t take off their crosses.

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