1. Prayer request: our air conditioner broke last night. On the bright side, the company we usually work with was able to get out here before 11 a.m., the problem was fixable, and it was fixed. On the not-so-bright side: the repair cost over $500. Still, we might have been stuck in a week of upper 90s temps trying to get a new unit installed at a cost of six or seven thousand dollars instead--so we're grateful that the repair was both possible to complete today and that the cost's "ouch" factor wasn't increased by at least a power of ten.
2. This is a start in the right direction:
As bishop, I take full responsibility for these failures and sincerely apologize to you for them. Clearly, we have to do more. Please know that we have --- and will continue to cooperate with all local authorities regarding these matters.It is, however, a start. I'd like to see two more things: the avoidance of the "weasel words" like "mistakes were made" or "people were hurt," and a clear policy moving forward which says something like this: "If you call the chancery to report something suspicious involving a priest or church employee, we will call the police, and we want you to call them too. There will be no more dithering about whether a nude picture of a child on a priest's computer is a problem. It is. If somebody maliciously uploaded it and the priest in question is pure as the driven snow that will be revealed in due time in an investigation. Our concern for the possible innocence of a suspected priest or other adult employee will come second to our concern for child victims from here on out."