[quote="lutherlic, post:12, topic:193337"]
There are a lot of good responses here already.
One additional point I would like to make is on how we are seen outside the Church (and even by some inside)... it has not gotten much better.
The "sex scandal" was of course about a sex scandal, what really happened, who really was culpable, to what degree, and what reforms have been put into place. It was shameful and intolerable, of course, but it is behind us to the degree that is possible in a Church this size. It is old news. This does not sound like a very compassionate response. Are you sure you mean this. It's "old news" to us americans but it's not old in Europe where they are first starting to deal with it.
The "sex scandal" story today is really about the liberal agenda. It is what it is..a scandal. The media is not making this up. Had it not been for the Boston Globe we may not have made the decision to fix this problem inthe U.S. We do not accept contraception, abortion, gay "marriage", women priests, etc. Unlike some Protestant denominations, the liberal left understands that we will not back away from the truth. The truthis a scandal did happenSince changing us to their agenda is out, all that remains is to destroy us and that is what they are attempting. It happens every Christmas, Easter, and anytime we have been vocal against their political interests. You've been vocal for quite a while. No one is trying to silence you. Don't exagerrate.
It is not paranoia to feel the press is out to get you when in fact, they are out to get you. How often do you see the press talk about the sex scandal in Protestant churches, in public schools, in youth sports, in scouting organizations? It is happening widely right now but totally under-reported, if mentioned at all. The focus of the liberal press is instead on events in the Church from decades ago, exaggerating them, and bogus attempts to scandalize Pope Benedict.
Their message is that pedophile priests are running rampant in the Church, they are unchecked, protected from prosecution, children are at extreme risk, nothing has changed all the way to the highest levels.We here in Amnerica have addressed the problem. It a new thing in Europe. Ireland did a 7 or 8 year investigation and the results were truly depressing. The results of the investigation in Ireland whould shame any Catholic. The Catholic Church just "doesn't get it." THAT is a complete lie.
It has gotten so bad, with Maureen Dowd's hysterical and unsupported columns in the New York Times and MSNBC's completely fabricated headline "Pope Describes Touching Boys: I Went Too Far" that almost anything goes.Could you provide a link I find this hard to believe. They get away with this stuff.
We are about the truth and the liberal press will fail, but we must recognize with clarity what they are doing and why.
Honestly, I think the only way we will be able to fix this is to begin aggressively suing them personally and their publications every time they do this. Expecting them to be journalists, objective reporters, interested in the truth, and fact checkers has proven to just be naive.
I do agree with your last statement.
I think we should get it all out and deal with it for once and for all. We still haven't heard from South America or Africa. Let's face the problem Accept blame where it is due and find a way to help the people that hold the Church responsible for devastating their lives.