Thursday, December 16, 2004

Post Dispatch Editorial on Bishop Gregory

A good priest

FOR A DECADE, Roman Catholics of Southern Illinois have been blessed with a bishop of gentle heart, persuasive leadership and common sense. Now, Wilton Gregory is off to tend a larger flock at as archbishop of Atlanta.

Sadly, this good priest began and ended his tenure by dealing with one of the worst scandals in the history of the Catholic church in America - the sexual abuse of children and teens by priests. His intelligent and compassionate approach helped set the church on the long path toward cleansing and healing.
He drew criticism both from all sides. But he bent the church as far toward reform as its hierarchical structure was willing to bend.

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