Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church

I'm saddened but not surprised to read that the attempts to bury Priest sexual abuse of minors has finally tainted the Pope. Of course the Pope has been involved. Either he and his predecessors sanctioned the willingness to ignore abuse over the years (including in their earlier Vatican roles), or they're incompetent for ignoring it. Or worse, as seems the case with this Pope, they deliberately contributed to letting the perpetrators get on with it. Either way, I'm deeply frustrated by the degree of moral corruption in the upper echelons of the Catholic Church.
The hierarchy rarely seems to put the needs of the poor and the marginalized first despite the Church's beautiful teachings to do so. It's frustrating to speak up against oppression within the Church over and over again, and hear no answer from our so-called leaders. Why don't they listen to women, children, the poor, the laity? Heck, why don't they listen to God?

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