The Catholic community has arrived at a point in its history so seared by raw reality that we are all left with nothing to lean against or hide behind. Our leaders, drained of authority and credibility, can only follow as we move beyond overburdened expressions, beyond even the content of our normal prayers. We grasp for some new psalm of lamentation to fit this horrid moment and search for a new way to live as a Catholic community.
“The scandal of children sexually abused by priests whose acts were covered up by bishops has been in the public eye in gruesome detail for more than 30 years. The Pennsylvania grand jury report, for instance, was not the first nor was it worse in detail than others were. Why it should spark the public conscience and the outrage of Catholics as it has doesn’t matter. A new moment is upon us.
“The papacy of Francis, so promising of needed reform, stands at an inflection point. Either he handles this crisis with effective, wide-ranging and concrete actions, or his tenure will go down as a disappointing failure.
“Most important, the current moment must lead to a radical reform of Catholic clerical culture and the meaning of ordination itself. If we cannot begin this challenging work, we should at least have the honesty to say that a monstrous evil has prevailed and that we no longer understand what it means to be a church of Jesus Christ.”
By National Catholic Reporter Editorial Staff — Read more …
It’s time to choose the painful path of purification / National Catholic Reporter
If we cannot begin this challenging work, we should at least have the honesty to say that a monstrous evil has prevailed and that we no longer understand what it means to be a church of Jesus Christ. (National Catholic Reporter)
#1 by Pat Billings on August 30, 2018 - 10:42 AM
I found, awhile ago online, the VOTF’s very careful review of & implications of the (US only, I believe) systemic reliance & use if ‘clericalism’ practiced routinely.. &, its implications on policy decisions, inclusion/not inclusion of various persons — women & others- who are regularly discounted by the male, privileged, decision-makers. As a life-long engaged Catholic, aware of clericalism behaviors, policies, etc, which routinely exclude persons ‘not of the cloth’. I suggest others read that piece… it has helped me see implications & results of my church encounters… in a more enlightened way.. about the thinking & principles of Church actions & decisions.