When are the powers to be within the institutional church going to "get it" as regards the handling of the aftermath of the pedophile scandal (NCR, Dec. 29-Jan.11)?
Many church prelates appear to have convinced themselves that, by taking aggressive actions to put in place extensive measures to prevent instances of pedophilia by Catholic clergymen and laity within their dioceses, the issue of pedophilia within the church has resolved itself.
What they fail to realize is that there still exists a deep wound in the psyches of many lay men and women, primarily involving the issue of trust on the part of the laity regarding the preaching and actions of the hierarchy.
The commission established by the pope to address the problem of pedophilia within the universal church has done little to remedy the issue of mistrust on the part of the laity. The fact that the commission appears to be on the verge of collapse only adds to the mistrust.
Pope Francis appointing a commission gave the laity a glimmer of hope that something significant would be done to restore their faith in the church's concern for them. Four years later, little has been done to restore that hope, and until that hope and trust is restored, the church will continue to bleed away many of the faithful.
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