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Friday, May 17, 2019

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Elsewhere you can read my thoughts on the new set of canonical norms recently proffered by the bishop of Rome as some kind of system to help deal with sex abuse in the Church. As I argue there, the system is fatally flawed by (quelle surprise!) concentrating everything in the hands of bishops, not one of whom is to be trusted on this issue.

Part of the long-term challenge is to assist the Church in moving away from the Catholic imaginary in which it is assumed the current system is the only possible one; worse, the current system is the only supposedly "orthodox" one. That is false and ignorant of history and theology alike, for all the reasons I argue at length in my Everything Hidden Shall Be Revealed: Ridding the Church of Abuses of Sex and Power (Angelico, 2019).

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