There are other threads dealing with the Pennsylvania sex abuse scandals, but I want to center on how we can keep this in context. The actions of bishops and priests are inexcusable.
But many will not understand how to read the news in context. I’m already seeing friends share news articles (on Facebook) regarding the scandals, and these friends likely have little understanding of the Catholic Church or the nature of the scandals.
So how can we provide context? For example, how do we put 300 priests in context? (Is it 300 out of 500 priests? 300 out of 25,000 priests? etc.)
How long ago? All the media hype seems to be forgetting that detail. Was this recent, or over 50 years ago? Etc.