Seems to me that the following questions lay on the table, for the Church authorities in Rome to consider…
1. Doesn’t the McCarrick cover-up pose a real problem for the Church? Hasn’t the sex-abuse scandal left the institutional credibility of the Church in doubt?
I stand accused of weakening the Church by writing about this. But won’t we actually strengthen the future of the Church by facing the facts openly?
Hasn’t covering up sex-abuse by bishops wounded the Church?
2. Will the hierarchy of the Church tolerate open discussion of these matters? Can we Catholics speak our minds about the problems we see in the Church? Or must we face severe, cruel reprisals if we do?
I propose that we, as a group, write to Archbishop Pierre, the pope’s ambassador in Washington. Let’s request a meeting with him to discuss the questions above.
Let’s hope that he will give us the opportunity to express ourselves. Then he can let the authorities in Rome know how we feel and what we think.
It must not be imagined that authority knows no bounds.
Since its starting point is the permission to govern in accordance with right reason, a regime which governs solely or mainly by means of threats and intimidation provides men with no effective incentive to work for the common good.
–Pope St. John XXIII