- Cardinal Pell on two cases of priests who continued to minister after accusations of abuse
**Update: apparently the priest concelebrated the mass, so was presumably not the official witness. A statement by the Bishop of Broken Bay can be read here.
Have the lessons been learnt?
The real issue underlying these and previous cases is whether or not our bishops have really learnt the lessons from the abuse crisis.
There isn't much evidence of it.
Certainly there has been absolutely no transparency on issues such as which priests have had action taken against them, the number of priests involved in complaints, the action taken against them, the time taken to resolve accusations, and much more.
Continuing my theme of Benedictine spirituality, the daily readings set for the Rule of St Benedict are currently on the chapters relating to the role of the abbot, covering both his role in ensuring the salvation of his flock, and listening carefully to advice from all, whether in high position, or the youngest in the monastery in making decisions. They are chapters that hold wisdom worth considering for anyone in a leadership role.
But there is one line in these chapters that really struck me as an appropriate subject for meditation at the moment for all those in a position of authority, particularly in the Church, namely St Benedict's injunction for the abbot "not to shut his eyes to the faults of offenders; but as soon as they begin to appear, let him, as he can, cut them out by the roots, mindful of the fate of Heli, the priest of Silo."