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Tuesday, November 11, 2003
IN THE Chicago Tribune TODAY: First, the good news:

Dioceses Expected to Answer Abuse Survey
"William Burleigh, a member of the review board, told the bishops that the panel has worked to maintain its independence from the bishops as it oversaw the reviews.

"In adopting this posture, we hope we are not seen by you as hostile or untrustworthy. Nothing could be further from the truth," said Burleigh, board chairman and former chief executive officer of E.W. Scripps Co. "As a board we are united by our love for the church and a burning desire to see her wounds healed."

And now for something less heartening:

Catholic bishops tackle politicians: Sanctions for lawmakers are studied
"Bishop John H. Ricard, of the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese in Florida, asked prelates Monday at their semiannual meeting to help draw guidelines by which the church could sanction Catholic lawmakers who defy church teaching on issues such as abortion, the death penalty, war, welfare and immigration."

Cue "shootout at the O.K. Corral" music.

And I watch, and record, and wait, feeling like it's 1515 all over again.

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