Every twist and turn of the long-running Catholic sex abuse scandal brings another round of gay baiting. But three decades after the first claims of abuse were made, the Catholic Church remains mired in the secrecy, narrow-mindedness and fear.
I often encounter people who wonder why, after three decades, the Church continues to be afflicted by scandal related to abuse cases, many of which are 20 or 30 years old. In the Los Angeles case, all the tragic truth could have come out years ago.
A message must go out to all segments of society including every religious community that sex abuse is a severe crime. The consequences to victims are real. The response must be robust. Not to deal with it forthright is to share in the guilt.
After years of delay, orchestrated by some of the most able lawyers in the country, the Catholic Church may soon reveal more truth about how it dealt with priests who sexually abused hundreds of children in the sprawling Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
The movie, "Mea Maxima Culpa, Silence in the House of God," reveals a horrendous example of the clerical system that allowed thousands of priests to sexually abuse children in America and around the world.
Although it's hard to fathom that any churchman would still be so confused about the criminality of adult priests committing sex acts with juveniles, we should be grateful that Groeschel gives us the chance to review the Church's problem with sex and power.