Edit: we’ve been calling for some penitence from the Bishops for years, but these kinds of attenuated penance services are more for cameras and the agendas of anti-Catholic organizations and professional victims than to beg for mercy from an angry God.
Another reason they don’t have a ring of truth is that, like a reformed Roman Liturgy, they don’t convey clarity. What exactly are they sorry for, and if they’re sorry, does kneeling for a few minutes in a staged “penance” event pass the test?
Saint Thomas Becket walked twenty miles in bare feet on his way to London from port.
I want to see blood.
And if there’s penance to be done, why allow the agenda be controlled by an anti-Catholic group that aims ultimately to destroy Catholic belief?