Bishop Richard Malone retired/resigned/left today, but he still seems wholly incapable of showing contrition.
Malone spends four paragraphs defending himself (again) before starting a final paragraph with what’s written below in his resignation letter.
Imagine if at Mass, we all abandoned the penitential prayer and just blathered about the good we’ve done instead of begging for the forgiveness of our community and our God.
Imagine the healing this arrogant man could have promoted if he just shared the penitential prayer as his resignation letter.
I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned
through my fault,
through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.
I pray that the light of Christ enters Malone’s heart and he comes to truly understand the horror he continues to purvey over, and that’s what makes this so difficult. That he is not allowing the prayers of his flock to break through his arrogance.
Still, prayfully, I continue.