Unfortunately, it is all too common for Bishops to report only the good side of priest and not his or her shortcomings. And the motive is: It's the coward's way out to solve HR problems by finding the problem employee a new job outside the organization.
It is a sin not to forgive Cardinal Law.
It is a sin to retain him in a place of honor and power.
The message to other bishops is, for you:
- There are no consequences for solving HR problems by making them someone else's problem.
- There are no consequences for doing little to help problem priests reform.
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