I stumbled across a blog post that beautifully illustrates the dichotomy of the Philadelphia Archdiocese cover up and the practice of our religion. It depicts the best and the worst of our faith.
Our leadership has brutally betrayed us and I’m wondering what to do next. In good conscience how can I continue to participate in the structure of the Roman Catholic Church? By structure I mean its archdiocesan churches and organizations. I’ve lost all trust and the Church hierarchy has done nothing to regain it. Withholding the names of the suspended priests was just the latest example. Why did we have to find out from CBS? They deserve no applause for the suspensions as they were finally forced to act.
Cardinal Rigali still characterizes the suspensions as “interim measure” despite what the court has called “overwhelming evidence.” This past Sunday, a Montgomery County parish priest read a letter from one of the suspended priests after reading the latest letter from the Cardinal Rigali. How about victim’s letter? Or, better yet, the grand jury report. Every adult Catholic in this country should read it. This has happened in other diocese – L.A., Cincinnati, Boston and in the Catholic Church in Ireland and England.
How many people has the Church hierarchy pushed away from the faith with this scandal? A few friends have decided to pull their children from Catholic school after this year. Another has left the Roman Catholic Church after 12 years of Catholic school. She practiced her faith up until last week. Another is reconsidering entering the RCIA program. These people will quietly move on.
I won’t go quietly, but I’m afraid no one will listen before I’m finally gone.