Every Sunday when a Lutheran takes communion the penitent may say something like this “I, a poor miserable sinner, do hereby confess that….” and the rattle off a list of all the various offences they’ve purportedly committed since the last time they took communion.
I’m thinking that maybe that’s the most Christian way out for the various players in this whole mess – drop their defenses, waive their right not testify against themselves, come completely clean about the who, what, why, when, where, and how of what they did, apologize “mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa”(1), and throw themselves on the mercy of the courts and the depositors.
Imagine the mountain of legal fees and weeks of legal proceedings that’d be saved to say nothing about giving the offended depositors some relief and comfort to hear the repentance of the people that committed this offence.
Will it ever happen? Considering the lengths District went to avoid the inevitable combined with the near certainty the D&O insurance company would drop them like a hot potato – I’d be amazed if it did.
But if it did – there’d be no question about what happened and District President Schaeffer could withdraw his “critical eye” letter.
(1) this phrase is Latin for through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault