I was torn where to post this excellent article. Media (“Casual”) or Catholic News.
Since pretty much all Catholics are discussing this situation (at least in my environment) I chose “Catholic News” (but if you moderators want this in another section I am fine with moving it to wherever).
A Father’s Thoughts on the Current Crisis
Christopher Check August 23, 2018 Catholic Answers
My wife Jacqueline and I have four sons. Thanks be to God, they never fell victim to the calculating predations of a bishop or priest seeking to gratify his disordered passions.
Many fathers’ sons and daughters did.
I cannot know the fullness of the heartache those fathers will carry to their grave, to say nothing of the trauma their children will. Nonetheless, I find it difficult to look at the scandals in which the Church today is mired from any perspective other than that of a father.
Since their youngest years, I have been telling my sons that the greatest and most important thing in their lives is their relationship with Jesus Christ, who, in his infinite and merciful love, gave us the Catholic Church so that we could come to know him and love him though the scriptures and the sacraments. . . .
. . . The grave sins of clergymen can never alter this truth. There is nowhere else to go to have our sins absolved (John 20). There is nowhere else to go to eat the body of Christ and drink his blood so that we have life within us (John 6).
More than once my sons have heard me say, with Hilaire Belloc, that we know the Catholic Church is a divine institution because it survives and even thrives in spite of the flaws of those to whom God has entrusted it. . . . .
. . . . Catholic Answers will continue to answer the apostolic call. I believe that we will because the members of the Catholic Answers team do what they do out of love of Jesus Christ.
As there are abundant reasons for hope, there are also abundant reasons for vigilance. Theodore McCarrick is no longer a cardinal and awaits canonical trial, yet any bishop accused of covering the sins of priests who still holds office must make a credible account to the faithful, or else resign.
And may the faithful, in the interest of good vigilance going forward, have a clear understanding of why we are here and what they can do. . . .
A number of bishops, including the pope, have identified clericalism as the culprit.
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