[quote=gettochurch]Hi all. A colleague of mine who is a Nazarene recently said the following (to a group of people during lunch hour)
“For the record, people of OTHER denominations don’t agree with Catholics - that child abusing priests should be transferred around, from place to place!”
Folks, her comment stunned me. It sounds to me like she thinks that the Catholic Church has a law or something to that effect.
What should I have said in response? I welcome your thoughts and comments. Thanks very much! ( Hope this is the right forum )
About one-third of the lawsuits against churchman in the nation for sexual abuse are against Protestant churches. The reason for the difference in rate of litigation – twice as often against the Catholic Church – is that Protestant churches come and go, whereas the Catholic Church has been there for centuries. In other words, we are a big, fat, persistant target.
In fact, the reason why we do not more often hear too many Protestant churchmen say what your colleague from the Church of the Nazareme said is that – shhhhhhh – the Protestant problem is just as big. Because celibacy is not the culprit, having a married minister does not solve the problem at all.
In a sense, the Protestant problem is worse. Our Protestant colleagues are re-writing God’s Holy Word, the Bible. Not only are they placing women in charge of their congregations, an extremely basic violation of the plain-language requirements of Paul, *but they are placing active homosexuals **in charge of *their congregations, so that, in effect, Protestant homosexual ministers and Protestant homosexual priests (and now a Protestant homosexual bishop) are doing that which enrages God in the parsonage with their same-sex love partner, with the approval of the Protestant laity, and then coming over on Sunday and preaching the Word or saying Protestant “Mass” on Sunday!
What our Protestant colleagues are doing is crazily disobedient to God.