After Disrupting Liturgy in London, Police Express Empty ‘Regret’ but Make No Promises, by Phil Lawler

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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, April 12, 2021

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. …


A: “I’m sorry that I offended you.”

B: “I’m sorry that you felt offended.”

You recognize the difference between those statements, don’t you? In statement A, I admit that I caused offense. Statement B only recognizes that you took offense. Statement B leaves open the possibility that you were wrong to take offense, and I was blameless. Statement A is an apology; Statement B is not.

With that distinction in mind, take another look at today’s news story about the London police official who spoke at Mass this Sunday at Christ the King church. Detective Superintendent Andy Wadey told the congregation that police had been trying to keep people safe on Good Friday, when they disrupted a solemn liturgical service, strode into the sanctuary, and told everyone to go home. Wadey continued: “We know, however, that many people were very upset by what happened on Good Friday and we deeply regret that.” …

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