I’ve written extensively about the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. I keep hoping against hope that the Church will finally be shown to have dealt effectively with the systemic corruption and moral rot that appears to pervade its hierarchy . . . but every time I get my hopes up, something happens to dash them.
It’s just happened again.
Gawker has published an investigation into the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida, which appears to demonstrate conclusively a climate of moral corruption so all-pervasive and intense that it’s a wonder faithful Catholics managed to remain faithful. (I guess that shows how God’s grace can overcome even the most unGodly obstacles to reach those who genuinely seek it.) Nevertheless, this latest scandal – which I urge you to read for yourself – is sickening beyond my ability to describe it.
My decision to withdraw from ministry in the Catholic Church was painful to make . . . but the ongoing stream of scandal, institutionalized corruption, and an inability or unwillingness on the part of the ‘system’ to deal with those parts of it that are corrupt, provides further grounds every day to persuade me that I made the only possible decision – for me. (Of course, that decision was based on my personal situation and reaction to the sex abuse scandal. Others, in different positions and with different perspectives, made different decisions. I don’t criticize them for a moment, and I pray that God will continue to lead and guide all of us in our lives and ministries.)
Coming on top of yesterday’s political betrayal in Washington, this news of further moral betrayal merely deepens my disgust and overwhelming feeling of mental and spiritual nausea. It’s been a lousy week so far, hasn’t it?