It’s a week late, but I want to thank everyone who visits and contributes their comments to Catholics4Change. We are so grateful. Words are powerful and you’ve shared many here.
I was back in Philadelphia for work and to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. Kathy Kane along with her husband and daughter had decided to see “Spotlight” the same night that my daughter asked me to see it with her. In a synergy that has marked our friendship and this advocacy, we ended up at the same movie theater for the same showing.
While we watched, I thought about all the people with whom we’ve had the honor of connecting with through this blog since 2011. I thought about all those who fought this battle long before us and all of those who will take it up in the future. I thought about how this tragic systemic cover up changed the trajectory of our faith. How it made it stronger yet at the same time isolated us from the culture and institution that made us who we are. But mostly, I thought about the victims and the children whose lives will be shattered by abuse. And they will be – because not enough has been done.
Not only should the Church stop fighting the legislative reforms and hold Bishops accountable, it should fund the research needed to better understand the root causes of child sex abuse. After a global cover up, it owes society that much and more.