Chicagoland Scandal, Part XXVI: Should the Cardinal resign?

The Chicago Tribune, no Catholic basher–despite what the Sun-Times would have you believe–goes right up to the threshold, seeming to pose the question without giving an answer in an editorial today, “Confessions and Consequences”:

The cardinal should insist that his disclosures lead by example. He doesn’t wield power over the U.S. bishops, but the job does give him a national bully pulpit. We hope he urges the bishops to disclose their failures of leadership that let this crisis metastasize. Where careers need to end, so be it.

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posted August 18, 2008 at 7:34 pm

these people should not be allowed to continue to work . It is a disgrace to the church. we may still can forgive but that doesn’t mean it is ok to continue to be the head of the church or even be allowed to work in the church as a priest. Honestly would you want your child to continue to be around someone like that?

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posted August 19, 2008 at 9:41 am

I appreciate your coverage about all this. I am a Unitarian-Universalist who reads this blog to see what is going on with the Catholics (the religion I grew up in). For outsiders like me, until the Catholic church quits covering up long-term abuse and truly responds to those abused (not just an “I feel your pain” meeting with the Pope, but real action against those who cover up), its whole moral credibility on a range of sexually-charged issues is in question. I hear a Catholic PAC is going to accuse Senator Obama of infanticide distorting where he stands. When I see that done, I’ll just reply by referring people to web sites on issues such as this one.
PS I questioned whether or not to write this, but I was reminded of a couple lines from the Robert Burns poem “To A Louse” (paraphrased), Oh, for the gift some power would give us/ to see ourselves as others see us.

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posted August 19, 2008 at 11:51 am

A huge lever for change in the Catholic church has fallen into the hands of Chicago Catholics. They must force a Grand Jury investigation of Cardinal George and his assistants. His indictment would be bigger than Cardinal Laws resignation and send a signal to all the church that the laity have rights.Get on with it…

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posted August 19, 2008 at 6:00 pm

of course he should resign–better yet–he should be fired

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posted August 20, 2008 at 9:01 am

Even better, he should be prosecuted.

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