Friday, May 24, 2002

Another reason I'm not a fan of "zero tolerance" policies is that they permanently remove the Holy Spirit from these descisions, and instead make our idea of what's the right thing to do in 2002 as the permanent and only correct treatment.

Some would say that they have turst in the Spirit, just not in bishops' ability to obet the Spirit. I suppose that's true, but then shouldn't our response be to pray for our bishops and call them to work in the Holy Spirit rather than cutting God out of the deicsion-making altogether?

Again, I think the laity, who also have access to the Spirit should be involved in deciding what to do with priests who have disobeyed their vows. But I don't think that looks like "zero tolerance" policies that leave no room for divine guidance in our decision making.
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