The loss of confidence in Pope Francis reflects that his mismanagement of the crisis has been a scandal in itself. It may also reveal a growing public awareness of Francis’ own poor record.
The report reveals a pope indifferent to the complaints of abuse survivors, and who has surrounded himself with others accused of covering up claims.
Enlightenment ideas have a long track record that shows the ideal of reason is not an illusion but a commonplace reality.
What we are seeing is what happens when those in the Roman Catholic Church neglect her teachings in order to appeal to the world around them.
The Catholic Church is a leftover of absolute power and rule by divine right, and this is a leading factor in its current crisis.
This scandal will prove to be a crisis on the scale of the Protestant Reformation, which began just over 500 years ago — an earthquake of 9.5 on the Richter scale.
I have a simple call to action for people from every church and from all walks of life. It is this: Do your job without partiality. Do not be swayed by the reputation of individuals or the power of institutions.
Tens of thousands of Catholic women are doing what so few official church ‘leaders’ have done as this abuse crisis spins out of control.
Contrary to Robert Tracinski’s argument about the Catholic priest sex scandal, the Catholic church is not at war with reason or private judgement.
Abuse should not be covered up, and offending priests should be dismissed from the priesthood, of course, but the church’s teaching on sexuality is not the problem.
Ultimately, the core of the issue here is not about sex. Not substantially. It is about a degraded Vatican culture that supports men like Theodore McCarrick.
Hypocrisy, even that which stinks to the highest heaven, does not and cannot disprove truth.
Since his election, Pope Francis has done everything within his power to soften and subvert the church’s teaching concerning human sexuality. He also packed the College of Cardinals with the Lavender Mafia.
Forgiveness is a powerful force. But without real change, it’s also meaningless, which is why standards are crucial.
Far too many church leaders, including some still in positions of authority, saw a greater ‘sin’ in public scandal than in the violation of young children.
We don’t need more bland expressions of sorrow from bishops. We need public penance, resignations, and a new generation of leaders in the Catholic Church.
The speed, intensity, and content of criticism of the death penalty pronouncement suggest a fundamental disrespect for the office and person of the pope.
Marital infidelity is high, and premarital sex is the norm. Forced sterilization is a reality, and abortion rates have skyrocketed.
‘Humanae Vitae’ tells us that our bodies are good, and not intrinsically flawed. Our fertility is natural and beautiful, not something to fear and murder.
What I heard made me think twice about using the pill. It also led me on a journey that shifted my thinking about sex, my body, marriage, and our responsibility to children.
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