An amen to the UND brouhahahaha

Apropos of the decision of Bishop DArcy to absent himself from the Notre Dame Commencement, the following lament was heard from an old friend in the clergy: As for Bishop D'Arcy and his decision and many similar actions by hierarchs, I wish some bishop would stand up on the floor of the Conference and say, "Brothers, once when bishops leveled penalties, the effect was to isolate the miscreant from society. Now the effect seems to be to isolate us. Before we take that as a sign of how close to perdition everyone else is, perhaps we should think about our own inadequacies in dealing with the world around us.

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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