I am deeply, deeply troubled by ongoing and increasing reports of child sexual abuse within the Catholic priesthood and its mismanagement by church leadership. My belief in the goodness of Catholic Christian ideals is shaken by national and international accounts of these incidents.
The Vatican must respond swiftly, truthfully, and completely to these allegations if it is to retain any moral authority on important social issues. Anything less will fail the faithful, and further alienate an already fragile and disillusioned segment of Catholics. It is hypocritical to exhort a congregation — from the pulpit — to oppose national health care legislation in the U.S. (on the basis of federal funding for abortion), as child sexual abuse within the priesthood continues to be revealed.
The Catholic Church promotes the sanctity of life — especially in our most vulnerable populations. That includes the children in our global family — already born.