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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Nov 09, 2020

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

The McCarrick Report challenges the US bishops to think big during their November meeting. The following agenda would be the first step in demonstrating they are serious in ensuring that policies, procedures, and protocols are put into place to—as James Martin, SJ promises, echoing the bishops themselves—“prevent this from ever happening again.”

We suggest the USCCB establish a permanent standing committee of bishops, lawyers, insurance executives, and major lay benefactors to fine-tune these strategic goals in detail, provide workshop modules for clergy and Church staff, and monitor ongoing progress.

Action Items for the November Meeting

  1. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent the worship of false gods from ever happening again.

  2. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent taking the Lord’s name in vain from ever happening again.

  3. Establish policies, procedures, and protocols to prevent desecrating the Sabbath from ever happening again.  …