To the Catholic Sentinel:
Europe, now notably Ireland, is catching up with us in the discovery of child sex abuse. With the benefit of hindsight, we can offer some insights that might prove helpful. To approach the issue with any measure of success, we must act with focus and purpose.
In addressing the ills of child sex abuse, we exacerbate the situation by failing to identify the real problem. Too many lose sight of the hows and whys.
Often complaints against institutions and leaders are a display of shame and guilt. Those who criticize church leaders forget one significant truth.
Child sex abuse is not the by-product of Catholic doctrine or the Catholic Church. Rather it is the reflection of our society —ourselves. Offenders take root in the family.
Hidden secrets emerge from our society in a myriad of ways. Most insidious is the church.
Abandoning the guilt, the morass of accusations and accepting this truth allows us to redirect our actions in positive, self-healing ways.
Now in the spirit of Christ’s sacrifice and the Mystical Body, we can share our thoughts and innovative ideas and leave confusion behind.