Regret is not contrition
• The bishops' description of the abuse scandal as an offence against the church and God, rather than as an offence against innocent children, was seriously misplaced, raising fundamental issues about the nature of morality.
A morality based on the idea of offending God is unsustainable and needs to relate to the good or harm done to ourselves, one another and the community.
This is crucial to sustaining propriety in our political and personal lives. I admit it requires a significant movement of public consciousness to think persistently along these lines, though it is consistent with Christ's emphasis on mutual compassion.