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John Paul II and a Holy Life

Without looking like it's presenting a scapegoat, the Vatican, or better yet the individual(s) involved, needs to be transparent and assume responsibility for the evil wrought, particularly for the direct victims.

Until the Church handles every aspect of the crisis in a transparent manner, the good work and lives of many other people, whether lay, religious, or clerics, will continue to be marred by the cloud of evil surrounding the crisis.

In just a few weeks we'll be seeing the Cloyne Report, another investigation of the sex abuse crisis in Ireland. Cloyne, a diocese in southern Ireland, until recently was headed by Bishop Magee, a former personal secretary to John Paul II. Bishop Magee resigned for his mishandling of cases that were presented to him. Once again, people will be questioning how John Paul II could have been so close to someone who, while not an abuser himself, did not appear to make the victims a priority.

The beatification could be an opportune time to clear John Paul II's name and to see some accountability from those who facilitated great evil that continues to afflict the victims and the Church herself.

4/29/2011 4:00:00 AM