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This was posted today on the website for the Diocese of Bridgeport, a reflection by Bishop Frank Caggiano:
As the meeting of bishops continues here in Baltimore, much is being discussed about the change of direction the Holy See has asked regarding the proposed action items designed to address the issue of bishops’ accountability. I recognize the deep frustration that so many people feel about this delay, and I can’t imagine the hurt that survivors of abuse may be feeling as they try to make sense of why this has happened. However, in times when such unexpected events happen, I always seek to discern what the Lord may be asking, often in hidden ways. In this case, I believe that the Lord is inviting us, as bishops, to face a crucial underlying issue that the action items, as important as they are, cannot address alone.
Code - Conduct - Commission - Part - Reporting
More specifically, while a code of conduct, a lay commission, and a third part reporting system will be important tools to keep bishops accountable in their leadership, what is equally and fundamentally necessary for true reform is the need for personal conversion in the life of every bishop and leader in our Church. It is a conversion that understands, accepts and lives a lifestyle of true servant leadership. As I reflect on my own ministry, I know that I make countless decisions each day...
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