Above is a representative sample of the Canadian Catholic Hierarchy. Each is a savvy administrator, far right theologically, politically adept, and utterly loyal to Rome. Those are among the basic requirements for the Pope to appoint a bishop. Nothing wrong with that. Catholicism thrives on centralizing and protecting power, apparently in the belief that rigid control is the best setting for preaching the Gospel. Maybe it is. Who knows?
But centralized, self-protective power does not deal well with challenges to it's image and authority. The powerful (like all politicians) will deny fault, delay, and shift blame. If they are caught dead to rights, they will issue elaborate but carefully worded apologies and establish committees to do long-term studies of the problem and propose solutions. Sometime's they'll send the CEO to do photo-ops, apologizing to victims.
The Practical Buddhist admires the Catholic Church plenty, and like some of its members, knows that the bosses still don't get it. A time of purification and return to basics is essential.
On Ash Wednesday, priests smudge foreheads with the burned remains of Palm Sunday fronds, warning "Repent, and Believe the Good News." Good advice, Your Excellency.
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