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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

There's an article at National Catholic Reporter

- Psychologist: Bishops' lashing out at sisters is a distraction - that I think makes a good point ...

[...] In the past 10 years, the church has taken steps toward responding to the tragedy of sexual abuse in the church at the individual level, including responding to allegations more quickly, involving law enforcement, and developing child protection policies. However, the church has not yet been willing or able to examine its own role as an institution in concealing and enabling decades of abuse. The bishops have not taken collective responsibility for their actions (and inactions) and for the enormous pain they have caused. As much as the abuse itself, it is this failure by the hierarchy to acknowledge and accept their responsibility that has angered and disillusioned so many current and now-former Catholics. Too much pain is still unacknowledged and unworked.

The church hierarchy seems to be stuck and they are blaming and lashing out. They have started a fight with LCWR and the women religious. In the doctrinal assessment, they have accused the women of the church of betraying the core values of the church, of causing scandal and leading the faithful astray, and of not being sufficiently trustworthy to reform themselves. They have ordered the women to be closely supervised. These accusations seem more rightly to belong to the sexual abuse scandal rather than to the actions of LCWR. It was the bishops who, by protecting sexual abusers, betrayed core values of the church and caused scandal to the faithful. It is the institutional church that appears not to be able to reform itself and to be in need of outside supervision.

This fight with LCWR is a distraction from the work the bishops still need to do in order to bring about genuine healing in the church ....



2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could not agree more!

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Victor said...

After reading http://www.catholicherald.com/stories/LCWR-president-says-Vatican-inquiry-raises-questions-of-conscience,19624

I couldn't help but wonder what fun the Saints of the pass would think about these big problems of NOWadays? http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saintofday/default.aspx

and how would they react?

Peace

1:19 PM  

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