Retired Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson has been speaking recently in various U.S. cities about inherent problems he sees in the Catholic Church that have contributed to the clergy sexual abuse scandal. His latest stop was yesterday in Chicago. He cited several issues, such as the Church hierarchy’s culture of secrecy and sensus fidei as recognized by the Second Vatican Council, that have been long-held tenets of Voice of the Faithful®.
As reported by National Catholic Reporter in Bishop: Total Re-Examination of Catholic Faith, Culture Needed, the bishop’s talked was attended by about 150 city and state officials and, notably, archdiocesan priests. NCR said Los Angeles’ archbishop Cardinal Roger Mahony had earlier denied Bishop Robinson permission to talk there, and Detroit’s Archbishop Allen Vigneron had sent a letter to priests discouraging them from attending the bishop’s Chicago talk.
Hosts for the bishop’s talk in Chicago included Richard Sipe, Fr. Tom Doyle, local prominent Catholics and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke. Justice Burke will be a keynote speaker at Voice of the Faithful’s 10th Year Conference this fall in Boston.