Taking in all the news from the latest sex-abuse scandal currently rocking the Catholic Church, I found an article, a voice of sanity in a forest of hysteria, that offers a very practical approach to the problem.
Maybe soon, I will write a post with my thoughts on why we are experiencing the environment we have been . . . and why I think it is going away on its own, (and what I mean by that)
Nothing scientific, but as the late, great Msgr. Robert Kline would say, “Its just one man’s opinion, but a good man’s at that.
As a life-long Catholic and as one who has made a hobby out of studying the recent history of The Church, I believe I may have a reasonable answer.
I will also note that I have been friendly with dozens, if not hundreds of priests since I was a little boy. I knew Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and Cardinal McCarrick personally, at different times. While I heard murmured stories from others, never once has any priest been inappropriate with me, as an altar boy or otherwise. So, I come from this as an insider, who is on the outside.
I simply do not have the time or energy now to put my thoughts into a cogent piece. This is too important a topic to go after half-assed.
In the meantime, read Fr. Dwight’s blog post. Then e-mail a copy of it to your clergy…regardless of your denomination. . . One size fits all.
While this is a “Catholic” problem, it is also a problem in many, if not all denominations and even in school systems. Here is an article, albeit a few years old, that makes the case. It pains me to cite Newsweek as a source, but Priests Commit No More Abuse Than Other Males
I’ll leave it at that.