Faithful Catholics Respond After Abuse Scandals: Commitments to Change and Belief in Pope Francis

Gregory headed the Bishops Council in early 2000s that addressed sexual abuse. A doc “Constitution for the Safety of Kids and Younger Folks” was issued from that Council. Bishop Gregory is an effective man, and our church right here in Atlanta, although indignant and unhappy, will survive.

— Cherrylog754, Atlanta

I went to Mass this previous Sunday on the archdiocesan cathedral in Indy, and never one phrase about this disaster from the pulpit. I used to be anticipating that I, too, would name it quits after that.

Then again, I obtained a generic electronic mail from the pastor of a church I intermittently attended within the Lexington, Kentucky, diocese inviting parishioners to contact him immediately with any issues. Connected to the e-mail was a strongly worded letter from the Lexington diocesan bishop regarding this disaster, inviting folks to enter into dialog and motion about these severe abuses of energy in any respect ranges among the many Church hierarchy.

I’m nonetheless hanging on to the final remnants of my Catholic religion, however don’t understand how for much longer.

— What a World, Indiana

God Comes First

Yesterday my priest learn a letter from our bishop condemning the revealed little one abuse (too late). Then my priest tried to attenuate the harm by rationalizing comparability with different faiths. Roman Catholic laity have been betrayed by the church’s management and their cover-up of large mortal sinning by the priesthood. As a Catholic my religion within the Lord is undiminished; nonetheless — I not respect, submit, or obey the hypocritical predatory management of my church. Their management has sinned an amazing sin, not not like the pagan monks that Moses destroyed in Exodus. Their worshipful acts sexually molesting kids can’t and won’t be forgiven by the laity.

— Bayshore Progressive, New Jersey

I can’t sever myself from my religion in God due to corrupt clergy; to do this could be to permit males I’ve by no means even met to kill my soul — they usually’ve achieved that to sufficient different folks already.

— L., New York

Catholics don’t abandon their religion, simply the political equipment of Vatican Metropolis. One of many main issues is that the Church has taught that lay folks, or the flock, are fallible and the clergy infallible, as a result of their vocation transcended the human and supported solely the religious aspect of man’s nature. Unfaithful.

— Andrea Landry, Lynn, Mass.

Marie Tae McDermott contributed analysis.

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