The UK's Independent is reporting that the Pope will issue an apology for the clergy sex abuse crisis during the closing ceremonies of the Year for Priests. Check the article here. More info on this will no doubt be forthcoming, but it won't matter to Hell's Bible (also known as The Grey Lady, or The New York Times). The Pope could be drawn and quartered in St. Peter's square and the chattering classes would sniff he didn't suffer enough. In today's issue, the ombudsman reacts to reports of unfairness by the Times to Pope Benedict. He makes little sense since he doesn't understand how the Church works and still refuses to investigate the twisted and manipulated "facts" Ms. Goodstein used in her reporting. The first response to his article is mine, though it is one of the few to take him to task. Check out the article and my response here.
I'll be in Rome for the closing ceremonies of the Year for Priests as one of the representatives of the Rockford Diocese. I'm looking forward to reporting on what will be a fascinating and important week in the life of the Catholic Church.