This is an egregious overreach of secular authority, stepping into sacred religious rites, and will not protect children or stem the tide of child abuse.
Abusers within the grace-focused sector of the church have long twisted scripture, emphasizing forgiveness as a way of bypassing consequences.
As sex abuse runs rampant, how should faithful Catholics deal with bishops who have already deserted their flock by engaging in egregious behavior?
Fundamentally, neither bishops nor laity have any power in the government of their church. That’s leading to some huge problems as Francis works against resolving the priest abuse crisis.
Inadequate—and blameworthy—are expressions of sympathy for the abused that disguise the elephant in the rectory. The first responsibility is to call things by their right name.
The wrongs of the past can’t be retroactively undone, of course, but houses of worship can implement realistic policies to help keep more kids safe in the future.
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.
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.
Rachael Denhollander gave a heartbreaking yet beautiful answer to the forgiveness question in a victim impact statement she delivered to Nassar in court.
Cries of ‘blame-shifting’ are in effect a sort of victim-shifting — from the children to those who were best-positioned to protect them but who, by their own admission, failed to do so.
Because we’re harsh on rapists, we don’t have to consider our own responsibility in triggering other people’s vulnerabilities.
The hands-on nature between a gymnast and her coach should cause USA Gymnastics to be extra-sensitive to claims of sexual abuse. Allegedly it was not.
A new video project from guerrilla filmmaker James O’Keefe proves just how ideologically inconsistent many who discuss the campus rape phenomena are.
What happened in the Duggar family is tragic, and that tragedy has now compounded by the public attention to the case.
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