I’ve heard the argument that those who leave the Church because of the clergy sex abuse cover up are just looking for any excuse to not practice their faith. Why is it so hard to believe that some might find the horrible hypocrisy enough to question Church teachings as a whole? It certainly happened in Ireland. Many here on this site have struck the delicate balance of holding on to their faith while giving up on the hierarchy. But that leaves us without leadership and makes practicing with our faith community difficult or impossible.
Click here to read: “Catholic shifts at meeting: The Dublin conference opened with anger at child abuse and a decline in core beliefs,” by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press, Philly.com, June 11, 2012
Excerpt: Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, president of the Eucharistic Congress and the Irish church’s leading voice calling for greater openness on past abuse, led a moment of silence inside the Royal Dublin Society Arena dedicated to those unknown tens of thousands of children molested or raped by priests.