“The church realizes that it doesn’t have a way out, at least not until it confronts the entirety of its problems,” said Alberto Melloni, the director of the liberal Catholic John XXIII Foundation for Religious Science in Bologna, Italy.
This is more than just a throwaway line by some priest looking for his own 15 minutes of fame during the mess that the Catholic Church has managed to create for itself. After all their attempts to deflect criticism against themselves for this mess, it still hangs over them like a dark cloud that just won’t let the sun shine on the Vatican.
A Cloud Hangs Over The Vatican And Won’t Go Away
Just in the last week 3 more Priests have resigned and you can bet there will be more to come. There seems to have been a process started here that will not stop until a full and open accounting has taken place. If the Vatican chooses the wrong path now, the Church will never recover. This cloud will hang over them forever and nobody will be able to look at a priest without wondering. Even the innocent, as far as any priest can be innocent if he hasn’t spoken out and challenged the Pope’s direction in this matter, will be looked at with open suspicion. There is already a dramatic decrease in the numbers of young men entering the priesthood. This scandal can only make these already weakening figures, drop further and faster.
Actually, I don’t believe that the Church will ever recover fully. I think that it will continue to decline forever until it becomes nothing more than an historical curiosity, but that needn’t happen as fast as it otherwise might if they choose wisely. There are far more good and decent people who are followers of the Church that don’t deserve to see this happen in this manner.
What I do think needs to happen is for the Pope to come clean about his whole history and the history of this Child Abuse scandal. It ALL needs to be brought out into the light of day so that those who should be convicted are, those who deserve help get it, the church can be freed from this cloud and then go through an enlightenment of its own.
As I said earlier, I do not believe the Church will go on forever, it is way past that, but it should be allowed to die a dignified death. While doing that there should be ongoing oversight to make sure this doesn’t ever happen again. Those who do not believe the Church needs to mend it’s way, doom it to oblivion with a worse reputation than is necessary. The bottom line here is that I think the Church should be relegated to history in a manner that does not reflect badly on society itself. There is no need to become the bad guy here and cause more damage than we can help. There is much to be learnt from the history of the Church, including the artwork, music and literature that have come out of it and because of it. None of that should be lost.
KEEP THE GOOD, LEARN FROM THE BAD, MOVE ON