The unfolding situation in Ireland illustrates underlying clergy abuse issues still debated in the U.S. Does the culture of the priesthood skew attitudes regarding children? Is canon law contradictory with civil law? Attempts to protect other adults and the Church at the expense of the “least of us” could destroy the Church.
Excerpt: “In July, Monsignor O’Callaghan said he was sorry that in responding to allegations of abuse he had sometimes become ’emotionally and pastorally drawn to the plight of the accused priest.'”