Irish columnist uses abuse crisis as springboard for familiar proposals
Catholic World News - August 25, 2011
An Irish columnist, in the course of berating the bishops for their handling of the sex-abuse crisis, unintentionally provides an illustration of how that crisis has allowed Church critics to pursue their own pet projects.
Martina Devlin observes that the mishandling of the sex-abuse crisis has severely damaged the status of the Catholic Church. The real problem, she adds, is that the Irish hierarchy--with the sole exception of Dublin's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin--failed to recognize that their response aggravated the problem and badly hurt the status of the Church. Then, in a stunning non sequitur, she offers a solution:
One way forward would be woman priests, another is optional celibacy.
Devlin does not bother to explain how the ordination of women, or the end of priestly celibacy, would improve the performance of bishops.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our July expenses ($8,498 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!