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Thursday, April 01, 2010

America magazine and dotCommonweal

A couple of things I saw in the blogosphere today ....

One is the editorial at America magazine - The Millstone ....

[...] Like a millstone around our necks, the [sex abuse] scandal, year after endless year, drags us all down with it. How the church as the people of God respond to it should not be a question of loyalty to the pope nor even more demands for his resignation; it is a matter of restoring the church’s integrity as an institution and renewing the life of holiness for its members. It is a matter of corporate conversion ..... Acts of piety and even reparation will be insufficient, however, without church reform as the manifestation of institutional conversion. Deeper institutional conversion will entail transparency, accountability and lay empowerment .....

The other is a post at dotCommonweal - Sacrilege? by Lisa Fullam - that mentions something I also mentioned in an earlier post here: the comparison made by Timothy Dolan between the pope and Jesus in his Palm Sunday homily .....

[...] Jesus stood with and for the outsiders, the vulnerable, the oppressed. He was not merely mocked, but physically brutalized, beaten nearly to death, and abandoned by many of those closest to him. He took on the power structures that would do them deadly harm, and was himself murdered by people acting in the name of those same structures of violence.

The Pope is accused of being complicit in the abuse by a power structure of the vulnerable, abuses which we know were widespread and worldwide. He is accused of being an enabler in the cadre of leaders who tried to silence and shame the victims, and who freed the abusers to find new victims in new places. His aides and those to whom he has granted positions of power are standing with him, defending him by, among other things, defaming others and blaming victims ....



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