1104 K Wed 24 April 2002
The Pope's speech to the US bishops has been widely reported today. It seems to me that the particularly important parts were:
Something is to be done, and society needs to see that it is being done.
This is not the situation today, hence the meeting. I think this is the ideal being aimed at. The next sentence is similar:
Not the situation today, another ideal to be aimed at, through a "renewal of the priesthood and episcopate". Hopefully the two ideals will be achieved by a purification:
How the purification will happen is not clear, but it is urgently needed. That the US cardinals have a particular role is emphasised by "you must ensure". But the purification is of "the entire Catholic community" so everyone is involved.
I think the Pope is calling for an approach which is more strict, less permissive, particularly towards priests and religious.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 24 April 2002. Last updated 26 April 2002.