The other day, Archbp. Vigano, bless him, issued a public letter in which he calls for disgraced Theodore McCarrick publicly to repent.
I have on various occasions opined that bishops should prostrate themselves in the steps of their cathedrals in public reparation.
Public penance and public reparation was once a regular practice in the Church.
An example of these public rites can be read about – fascinating – at Liturgical Arts Journal today. Shawn Tribe recounts the rites in the 17th and 18th century in the Diocese of Rouen.
He has an extract of the Grand Penitentiary of Rouen in 1673. The rites are

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