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whosoever shall scandalize one of these not-so-little ones ...

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 09, 2005

A California attorney, once a faithful Catholic, has been shaken out of his faith by his work in the sex abuse scandals. Not surprisingly, he wins the "strange new respect award" from the approved sources.

Listening to his clients' stories took a toll on Manly's lifelong religious commitment. He no longer attends Mass and is trying to piece together what's left of his faith. His only certainty is that his faith in the Catholic Church is gone. "I think the institutional Catholic Church -- from Rome all the way to Orange County -- is absolutely and completely corrupt," he says. ...

His wife, Jill, whom he married in 1999, converted to Catholicism at his behest. Then came his work on the sexual-abuse cases. Manly would come home and share the harrowing details with her. ...

Having represented [Joelle] Casteix, who accused a Mater Dei choirmaster of impregnating her while she was a student there, Manly is more accepting of abortion, which he once saw as unarguably wrong. Seeing the courage of gay clients led him to an about-face on the issue of homosexuality, he said. He now believes gays should be allowed to marry.

They don't make millstones big enough.

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  • Posted by: Zoromyster - Jan. 12, 2005 7:00 PM ET USA

    Listening to his clients' stories took a toll on Manly's lifelong religious commitment. He no longer attends Mass and is trying to piece together what's left of his faith. Ahhhh !! Getting 40% of a hundred mil will go a long way towards tolling a lot of peoples religious beliefs.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 11, 2005 9:47 AM ET USA

    Manly may suffer from some intellectual confusion (hardly surprising, considering the state of religious education this past 40 yaers) but his deviation is nothing compared to the vast and enduring corruption that has engulfed the Church, top to bottom. One bishop told a mother who complained about the abuse of her son "It is an an old custom for priests to keep boys."

  • Posted by: - Jan. 10, 2005 4:23 PM ET USA

    I am reminded of a spiritual director's question? "Would you leave Peter because of Judas?" There is some intellectual dishonesty here: the grave sin of some priests and the moral and administrative inadequacy of some bishops generates the rejection of Church teaching? Give me a break! Mr. Manly uses the secular media to voice his dissent. He's made a fortune from his representation of victims of sexual abuse. This article is priceless publicity for more business.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 10, 2005 12:55 PM ET USA

    Good for you, Leo13! But let it be known that it is a very poor justification for the Catholic leaders of this age. JP

  • Posted by: - Jan. 09, 2005 4:17 PM ET USA

    The church in the early 16th century was equally, if not more, corrupt. Some then abandoned the ancient faith and turned elsewhere. Others stayed with the church and fought to reform it from within. Sin and scandal are nothing new in the church. Those of little faith or poorly formed faith may abandon her, but others will stay and fight. Count me in the latter group.

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