16 Apr 2010
Dear Pope -- It's a Catholic problem
The Catholic Church made a pact with the Devil long ago: Priests would promise to be "celibate," but those who sexually abused children (and other parishioners) would be protected.
Well that worked for many centuries, but it doesn't work now. Times have changed.
The Pope has to take responsibility and take action.
Given the problems with monitoring priests, I'd say that the big change will be allowing marriage. The Church also has to stop protecting rapists in robes.
Anything less, and I doubt that people will see the Church as the foundation of their community.
Bottom Line: To err is human, to forgive divine, but don't expect me to forgive a system that promotes and protects errors.
Speaking of troubled institutions and hypocrisy, read this open letter to conservatives (and the Republican party), who seem to have lost their way.