Last year I worked with a corporation which experienced three safety events in the span of a month. There were no fatalities. Only one person required medical treatment, while the other two events were “near misses.” The company’s response was a nationwide TOTAL WORK STOPPAGE to reevaluate safety practices. While this was a costly move, it demonstrated their dedication to the safety of every person involved on their job sites. From a purely practical perspective, it is also cheaper to keep your workmen safe than paying for medical treatment and/or litigation.
I am grateful for Pope Francis’ invitation to all of the faithful to join him in prayer and fasting. However, I contend that interdiction would be a strong, appropriate response to the abuse crisis which has been plaguing the U.S. Church for decades. It is not seemly for a secular corporation to take more immediate and dramatic action to protect people from minor injuries than the Church takes to protect children from abuse.