Clergy sexual abuse and the pope


  • Deacon Roberto RiosApril 9, 2010

    I think yours ¥our article about "Clergy sexual abuse and the Pope" is in how some Christians behave toward one another. Ignorance of what is a christian? How much do we know about Christ Jesus? And His Holy Church? We understand that the world has so much power and influence on all of us, but what it thinks and teaches is not of the Spiritual Kingdom of Jesus. The "real war and moment of decision" presents itself to us in our hearts every moment of each day. Because we don't know and understand we often speak words that hurt one other. Jesus teaches us to forgive one other in many of the stories in the Gospels, as He reminds His disciples and even us today that you must have eyes and ears in your hearts. We must also remind one another what is it that we believe in? And why do we believe it? In the story of the "woman caught in adultery" Jesus with His mercy, forgiveness and compassion challenges the accused and her accusers and even us to look deep into ourselves and forgive in His divine way from our hearts. He also added; "I do not condemn you, go and sin no more." We must not throw rocks at each other, because we are all sinners. Why are we so quick to condemn others? Why are unwilling to forgive and give others a chance? Have we not listened we our hearts to Jesus? Yes! the eternal truth is that Jesus was the one crucified, died and He resurrected from the dead for us. and yes the Pope is the world leader of the Church, but is not recognized by the whole world. There is much work to be done. Deacon Roberto "Bob" Rios

  • Wayne GiffordApril 8, 2010

    If the scriptures mean anything at all, we need to be reminded of the teachings of Jesus concerning children: "And if anyone causes one of these little ones to sin [lose faith], it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck (Mk. 9:42)." Justice from the Church and the civil authorities must be meted out. We must also remember to balance justice with mercy: "But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven (Mt. 5: 44-45)." This is a difficult balancing act, but it can be made easier with prayer. Hostile critics of the Church will always be with us, but as Catholic Christians we can work for justice, forgive, pray, and remember ". . . while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5: 8)." Judas betrayed Jesus, sinful priests, confused bishops have failed us, but as individuals we must defend our faith by remembering it is our personal relationship with God through Jesus in union with the Holy Spirit that is the core of our faith. We can and we will prevail. God bless and keep you.

  • Marcelo D'AseroApril 7, 2010

    With this editorial, Dan Connors has presented the voice of reason and an intelligent "road map" for thinking about and addressing the scandals affecting the Church today. Explicit and implicit in what Dan has written are the following considerations: -Terrible evils against innocents have been perpetrated by ostensible representatives of Christ and his Church. -The self-proclaimed representatives of those innocents - as well as representatives of the media - are not beyond having hidden agendas with respect to the Church and have not been beyond exacting indiscriminate vengeance, rather than seeking JUSTICE. -The siege mentality that appears to be expressing itself in the public reactions of some of the Church's leaders is intellectually and morally questionable, as well as counter-productive. -While the Church's Magisterium should remain inviolate, the culture of the unquestioned ADMINISTRATIVE authority of Church leadership should be jettisoned - the laity should have greater knowledge of and say in how material and human resources are allocated within diocese.

  • Dan HoganApril 7, 2010

    Some questions: How many bishops have let this go - and failed not only themselves but all of us in not facing up to their own failure to admit their complicity? How many of the accusations are true - and how can you prove a fact which is supported only by word-of-mouth? How many have falsely accused out of their enmity toward the Church? How many journalists have used this issue to climb the ladder of their profession? It is a terrible thing, and must be dealt with severely. But is charity only due the victims? How about the rest of us? And how about the many, many priests who are being painted with the same brush by those who love to see God's Church dragged through the mud? We should pray for them all.

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