The answer is “No.”

Zero Tolerance policies are stupid and simply another way of avoiding the task of being a bishop. Rome, I predict, will reject the Policy for this reason. At this point, American bishops will have a choice: 1) deal with the fact that their task is to govern their Churches and begin the difficult process of finally learning how to do it, or 2) turn to the cameras and say “We tried. Lord knows we tried. But Rome will not permit reform. Don’t blame us. Blame Rome.” God grant them the grace of the sacrament of Holy Orders to do the former and shun the latter course.


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