Chicago Sun Times’ Michael Sneed quotes Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke (former head of the USCCB lay review board): “The real world has finally come to the Vatican. He now has all the facts. He now has to act on the information. It is his duty to lead the church out of this darkness. I personally met him in 2004 when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger — and we talked about these issues, and he was one of the first members of the church hierarchy that truly listened to the national review board!”
Burke’s unsolicited advice to BXVI? “A fraternal correction must take place.” She suggests that bishops who shuffled around abuser priests should be forced out. Toward the end of the article she goes a bit proddy with Church Am We talking points such as “we all have a responsibility to participate in the administration of the church,” but forgiving that, she makes some good points.