Amid the outpouring of emotion that's followed has been this message that Paterno was not a god and just a human being who made some mistakes. The tributes have largely focused on the good that Paterno did in his life.
It was a toxic, patriarchal culture that drove the priest sex abuse scandals that continue to rock the Catholic Church. And the same toxic patriarchy that infuses college and professional football was at play in the Penn State scandal.
We, all of us, participate in a culture where one thing is preached and another thing done. If we want to change that we have to make it possible to share our worries, admit our sins before they become crimes.