Help, St.Anthony

Another shipwreck averted
As I write, it is morning on the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of poor people and shipwreck victims and the finder of lost objects. It is June, the month of the Sacred Heart. The Catholic bishops have just begun their annual meeting in Dallas, with the media’s floodlights upon them as they set out to create a national policy for dealing with the scandal of sexual abuse by priests and cover-up by bishops. On behalf of his fellow bishops, Bishop Wilton Gregory has delivered a frank and passionate mea culpa and call to arms, affirming beyond any doubt the commitment to reform, accountability and “transparency.” Acknowledging that the media performed a service by bringing the scandal to light, he has asked the media to earn the public’s trust by refraining from “hysterical and distorted” coverage. R.


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