An article in yesterday’s New York Times gets straight to the point. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia continues to give safe haven to 37 credibly accused priests. While innocent until proven guilty, credibly accused priests should have NO access to children. They should not remain in active ministry. Why doesn’t the Archdiocese get this?
Is the priest shortage part of the issue? That’s no excuse.
As a Church we must address the underlying factors that created an environment where this kind of evil can flourish. Does an all male, often solitary and protected lifestyle invite pedophiles? Is it a hierarchy with no real female leadership? For priests, does the vow of obedience override the moral obligation to speak out?
Asking questions is not heresy. It’s our obligation to protect and grow the Church. What needs to change within our tradition (not doctrine) to ensure a safe and thriving future for our Church? Please share your thoughts and ideas.