Where does the rank and file clergy stand on the sex abuse cover up, Vatican guidelines, Amnesty International’s report and the John Jay study?
Cue the crickets.
Except for a few strong voices, we don’t hear from them in our parishes or here on this site. Why? Is it the conservative culture of the priesthood in Philly? Is it because they are afraid of being punished with an undesirable assignment? Is it because, like many of the laity, they don’t know what to do?
We need to hear from our priests. Many of us struggle in the pew. Our faith is strong but we feel like enablers. Will the clergy stand up, speak out and minister to us?
Here’s one priest from another diocese who agreed to have his correspondence shared.
“I am writing to support the movement of Catholics4Change. I am listed as a subscriber to your blog-link. I just wish to respond to a general theme of this blog. I have been following the terrible issue in Australia where Bishop William Morris has recently been “fired” from his post as Bishop primarily because of agitators who turned him into Rome and the “Inquisition” of the Vatican. He seems to be a very open and liberal bishop and one who has been very much loved by the people there. He has been very much into the issue of sexual abuse – trying to assist victims and their families in his diocese. Of course, he was also charged with supporting the ordination of women and married priests to assist in the decline of ministers in his diocese. There are many other charges against him but these seem to be the most egregious, added to the list is the fact that he supported and encouraged General Absolution (the Third Way) which has been discouraged by JPII, referring all back to individual confession.
How do we expect the Vatican to support any move against the Local Archdiocese of Philadelphia and especially since the Pope has recently requested that Cardinal Rigali is to represent the Pope in Eastern Europe in June for a special celebration?
How much more sad can this situation be, not just for Philadelphia but for all of us as Catholics, seeking honesty and openness in this closed system named Church?
Rev. John S. Wintermyer
Ret. Archdiocese of Washington”
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