Catholic Church Faces More Scandal
The Philadelphia Archdiocese announced the suspension of 21 priests from active duty. The priests suspended are under investigation for sexual misconduct with underage children.
Terence McKieman who is president of the BishopAccountability.org said this is the largest in the history of the church’s ongoing sexual-abuse scandal. The suspension comes after a damaging grand jury report issued Feb 10th that said the archdiocese is guilty of a widespread cover-up of priests with a history of abuse and that this went on over decades.
Part of what makes the recent suspension so damaging to the church’s already tarnished image is the comment by Cardinal Justin Rigali after the report was issued. He said there were no priests in active ministry “who have an admitted or established allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against them.” Cardinal Rigali has made no follow up comments to explain his previous statement after these suspensions.
As a life-long catholic and resident of Philadelphia the church’s part in this scandal bothers me for a host of reasons. But after the constant barrage of negative press I have started to see a pattern as to how this was allowed to happen.
The church is concerned about Catholics who have lost their faith. They tell us that we should not lose our faith in God. That is exactly why the church has this problem. They equate my faith in God with me following their church. They are totally separate and to think they are the same just shows how arrogant the church has become.
Their belief that they are equal to and in control of my spiritual faith tells me they are the ones who have lost touch with God. The Catholic Church is run by men and as it turns out by many self serving individuals who are more concerned with image and scandal than children.
If the church wants to start to understand the magnitude of what they have done than they need to realize they aren’t God. They are supposed to be his servants. If they would have some humility, stop the lies and cover-ups than maybe they would be able to serve the God they profess to love.