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‘Call off the World Meeting of Families’

Robert Royal, writing at The Catholic Thing, said the Church ought to cancel the World Meeting of Families in Dublin next week and instead “lead a two-day procession of public penitence” for the decades-long abuse crisis. “The Church is heading into yet another dark time,” he wrote, referring not only to the McCarrick scandal but also to the storm surrounding cardinals in Chile. There will, he predicted, be a “wave of charges and investigations in many places, including the Vatican”. Divisions in the Church will be unhelpful. “We need swift, broad, deep action, and support for the Pope in any good steps he takes,” he wrote.

“There’s a sharp reckoning coming now,” he concluded. “It’s reckless to ignore it.”

How the Church can avoid a mob mentality

Fr Benedict Kiely at the National Review said that American priests had experienced a “summer of shame” comparable to the 2002 abuse crisis. To regain credibility, and to avoid a mob mentality that emerges in times of crisis, bishops need to do some soul-searching, he argued.

For a start they might consider dropping the titles of Your Excellency, My Lord and His Eminence. “If your title is that of a medieval duke,” Fr Kiely said, “it is unsurprising that some actually behave like one.”

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