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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)