Francis calls clergy abuse summit as issue imperils papacy

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  • Chessermesser West Valley City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2018 3:05 p.m.

    The Catholic Church’s practice of celibacy attracts the wrong type of man to its priesthood. The pope needs to allow priests to marry. It would mostly solve the first problem. In the US there is a horrible shortage of priests. It would solve this one too, since very religious Catholic men, who did want to live a life of celibacy, could now consider a life of priestly service and have a wife and family. Look to the Anglicans, whose priests marry and we don’t see this horrible level of abuse.

  • omahahusker Modesto, CA
    Sept. 13, 2018 9:17 a.m.

    Too Little, Too Late. I feel sorry for many American Catholics, they try to hold onto their faith, but their divine leadership is failing them.

  • Just saying 7 Indianapolis, IN
    Sept. 13, 2018 2:49 a.m.

    Catholics that I know are livid about Pope Francis' lukewarm response to this crisis. He has kept silent at a time when the faithful crave for leadership. He has put environmental issues higher priority. He just scorned the whistleblowers and victims for causing divisions. And he now scheduled this meeting many months out from this immediate crisis. Many are saying this shows his hubris by waiting so long. This is indeed a crisis but not only about sexual predators but leadership that is tone deaf to its flock.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Sept. 12, 2018 9:07 p.m.

    That these accusation files go back 70 years or more often comes up. What is less often reported on is if these are recent accusations or if they only happened many years ago.

    Are new accusations being dealt with adequately? It is clear that not all the accused have been removed and abuse of power is not ended considering how non-disclosure agreements have continued.

    On the other hand after an Arizona paper ran the headline "Mormon Sunday school teacher accused of abusing students" when a public school teacher was accused of abusing students at the public school where he taught and it had nothing to do with weekend activities a tendency to over hype these accusations is clear.

    On the specifics of the article I think a meeting in 6 months that gives clear direction is better than a sooner one that is full of divisiveness.

  • Tyler D Prescott, AZ
    Sept. 12, 2018 3:10 p.m.

    It’s simply mind boggling how pervasive (and for how many hundreds of years?) this horror is. Have you read the Pennsylvania headlines? Thousands of boys and over 300 priests… 300!!!!

    This is not a few bad actors. This is institutional and cancerous.

    I defy anyone to list an organization that would (should) survive this level of protracted evil.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Sept. 12, 2018 12:18 p.m.

    So after the accusations reach the Pope personally, THEN it's time to get serious.

    That God...he's a mysterious fellow. (And thank goodness most Catholics are a whole lot better than their church hierarchy.)