An argument for radical reform in the RC Church

 I’m inclined to say that there are some things that you’d better know by the time you are well into middle age or you shouldn’t claim to be any sort of moral authority.  Drawing up a list of such things might be hard, but an interesting partial list has just been published by Bishop Blase J. Cupich.  It’s a list of things the bishops have learned from the sex abuse scandals.

Let me stress this:  If you get to middle age and still need to ‘learn’ these items, you should not be a moral authority for millions of people:

T he Catholic bishops of the United States have learned many lessons from the sexual abuse crisis. These 12 are among the most important:

1. The injury to victims is deeper than non-victims can imagine. …

2. Despite the justified anger felt by victims toward the church, bishops still need to reach out to them as pastors. …

4. Catholics have been hurt by the moral failings of some priests, but they have been hurt and angered even more by bishops who failed to put children first. …

5. The counsel of lay people, especially parents, is indispensable in a matter that so deeply affects families. …

Of course, one might say that  they certainly knew all this, and what they’ve learned is that they had better be seen to act on it.  Whatever.  If a group wants to say that they just didn’t get how bad sexual abuse is and how angry parents would be when their children weren’t protected, then there is a big question about whether they should decide what the voice of the church says. 

As it is, the bishops are really upset with those pesky nuns who ignored their authority and came out for the health care bill.  We might instead see in all this a need to include more perspectives in what produces the moral voice of the church.

2 thoughts on “An argument for radical reform in the RC Church

  1. Another important point is the fact that the Catholic church has deliberately and knowingly covered up wrong-doings and evidence of wrong-doings by Catholic priests. This is not myth or rumor or slander, it is fact.

  2. Perhaps I should clarify my comment above – it may or may not be “official policy” of The Catholic Church, but cover-ups and lack of cooperation with law enforcement in investigations is a fact.

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