Editor’s Note: No Episcopal Conference, nor any group of Bishops, has the authority to establish a canonical court — this power belongs to the Roman Pontiff alone. By doing so, they set up a situation where every sentence handed down has no force of law. And each priest or religious sentenced will be in truth not found guilty of anything, and free to go on to any part of the world and continue his crimes.
In addition, it appears from the report, that the existence of the court taking over the penal procedures envisioned by Canon Law for the tribunals in each Diocese, will create numerous reasons to have its “sentences” overturned in Rome on appeal.
Moreover, with the Apostolic See impeded, canon law forbids emphatically any innovation in Church law or governance. That is why the photograph chosen for the report above, is truer than most might think. It will be a court of devils for devils to be exonerated, while the Faithful are hoodwinked into thinking something was at last done.