13 April, 2010

The Church Adrift - NYTimes.com

I.H.T. Op-Ed Contributor - The Church Adrift - NYTimes.com

1 comment:

  1. Kennedy makes some excellent points without a whole lot of emotional pleading. To wit:

    "If a member of the clergy steals or cheats — or whatever else is forbidden in civil law — then that person should go to trial. There should be no dodgy transfers to offices outside the diocese."

    "...articulate a sensible and just way of dealing with the superiors of the abusers. This is easier said than done, and it is probably worthwhile to make several distinctions."

    ...and finally...

    "...anyone who falsely and knowingly accuses an innocent clergyman of abuse some 20 or 40 years ago not only commits a dire mortal sin but also breaks the law. Bearing false witness is both a sin and a criminal offense."

    Except in that last point, I would have editted out the phrase, "innocent clergyman," for two reasons -- the word "innocent" is not only redundant but meaningless in this context, since everyone accused is presumed to be innnocent until proven guilty -- and this law is not just for clergymen, but for everyone.

    Otherwise, good article.

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