My Response: If the U.S. bishops had resigned in 2002 when the news broke of a massive cover-up in the United States, just imagine, how much agony and loss on every level this action would have saved the Church. I remember calling for the resignation on CNN in Dallas in 2002 where the bishops met. At the time, you would think that I had called for the destruction of the RC Church, rather than the first step toward a long journey of healing for survivors. When Catholics were polled about what the bishops should do, the majority thought they should resign. It has taken this long for the hierarchy and the Vatican to deal responsibly with this major crisis in our faith community. The resignation by the bishops of Chile is historic and an example for all episcopal conferences.
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, #womenpriestsnow, https://arcwp.org, email@example.com