Dog and Pony Summit on Abuse has released how it is going to proceed:
The summit will operate within a framework of the dominant themes established by Pope Francis. The official program, released Monday, has Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, speaking on the “smell of the sheep” and Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta addressing “the field hospital.” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, India, will speak on “collegiality” in a Church that is “sent out,” while Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago will address “synodality.”
The program puts an emphasis not on policies or procedures, let alone changes to canon law, but on a change in mentality by bishops. The favored themes of the Holy Father are to provide the new directions necessary for tackling sex abuse on a universal level.
The sex-abuse summit thus follows in the same line as the synods on the family and youth, where the emphasis shifted from specific questions of doctrine or moral teaching to the call for a new pastoral approach. The summit takes the view that bishops who think as Pope Francis wishes them to think about their role as shepherds will then do the right thing in tackling sex abuse.
Go here to read the rest. PopeWatch was struck by this sentence: The summit takes the view that bishops who think as Pope Francis wishes them to think about their role as shepherds will then do the right thing in tackling sex abuse. Well, if Bishops simply emulate Pope Francis they will do their best to ignore well founded accusations of abuse. Go here to read a typical example. I guess the Pope is right about one thing. When he wishes that his Bishops will have the smell of the sheep among them, that seems to be coming true. Many Bishops seem to assume the laity are to be fed off of, abused and given to wolves when expedient. And we are paying for this privilege. What this joke of a summit actually demonstrates is that the gangsters currently at the helm of Mother Church have absolutely no desire to engage in any meaningful reform that will inconvenience them one iota. As far as they are concerned, the only problem with the status quo is uppity sheep.