“Catholic in Philadelphia,” by Ernest J. Harkness, Opinion for Philly.com, May 9, 2011
Excerpt: “Being a Roman Catholic in Philly means I’ve been rewarded with a lifetime of friendship, beautiful churches to provide a place to enjoy major moments in life, wonderful schools that gave my children and me a solid foundation, and – most of all – a place to live a full life.
Don’t throw the institution under the bus because of the deeds of a few men. Let the law of men deal with the deeds and let the support of our institution keep our traditions alive.”
I agree with so many of things Mr. Harkness writes. The problem is that the law of men can’t deal with the deeds that were hidden by the Church. The statute of limitations comes into effect and there is no justice for victims or protection for children. We then have to depend upon our Church leaders to do the right thing. They haven’t yet. They need to fulfill the recommendations set forth by the Grand Jury report. How can we sit in our beautiful Churches, enjoy our beautiful moments and remain silent? That is wrong.