Click here to read: “Monica Yant Kinney: Checking in on some past acquaintances,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 21, 2011
Important clarification: I do not have a problem with the formality of Mass or any doctrine of Catholic faith. I take issue with apathy and the cover up in regard child sex abuse. That is what makes going to Mass difficult.
My letter to Monica:
Shortly after you wrote your column on Catholics4Change, the priest who married me, baptized both my children and employed me at the Archdiocese was removed from ministry. The watershed moments of my life and faith are now marred by dark questions. But those questions are far easier to deal with than the child sexual abuse endured by survivors.
Lately, I find myself in surprising emotional conversations. People at work, friends and strangers – often the people I least expect – want to talk about religion and faith. I think if you have faith you can deal with just about anything. But people have lost their moorings in all the hypocrisy, denial and lies. I don’t have the answers for them but I share the struggle and think that helps. People need to know their experience is shared. That’s the point of the site – even more than the information it provides.
There’s been increased focus on legislation because of the Penn State scandal. But I’d like to point out that the Archdiocese still hasn’t implemented the other recommendations of the Grand Jury Report. Knowing that, I’ve focused my child protection efforts outside of the Church where there is hope.