An Insider, An Outsider

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.


Fr. Dwight Longenecker

What if the Bishop. . .  

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.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Nashville, TN, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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8 Responses to An Insider, An Outsider

  1. Dale says:

    I particularly like the “What if the Bishop”…
    Sensible and doable.

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  2. Osyth says:

    Thank you for pointing me to ‘What if the Bishop’ – excellent, funny, cogent. The other article has credence too. Like so much of what troubles me presently, there is too much grabbing the rocks and running to the front of the queue without due diligence. I will look forward to your thoughts when you have the heart and the strength to write them. Go gently, you and your family.

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  3. Sue W says:

    My university education came to me as an adult and by then I was the mother of five. One of the modules studied was Child Welfare and I was appalled and shocked at the cases I was required to study.
    The forgotten children figured highly and the shame of Britain will forever stay with me, particularly because of how the authorities treated these children and their parents. RE: Shipping them abroad to Australia, Canada and America. Most of the abuse cases studied involved the Catholic Church and its priests. However, I do believe the abuse was not limited to this sector alone.
    Right now I cannot find anything historical so I will leave you with this link and the video included.

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