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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Rod Dreher writes in today's Wall Street Journal:Even if it has been possible to believe that John Paul had been ignorant of the rape of children, the worst of all scandals, that is obviously no longer the case. The situation of Catholics in Boston is enough to make one weep. Cardinal Bernard Law claims to have offered his resignation, only to have it refused. Rome allows him to remain in office, though his mendacity and corruption are there for all the world to see, and the credibility of the church in Boston is destroyed.
Who keeps him there, and why? Who retains in office a host of American bishops defiled by their indifference to the victims of depraved priests under their authority? Who could remove them with a stroke of his pen? It is hard to judge John Paul, because we don't know what he's had to fight behind the scenes. Still, I find it impossible any longer to give him the benefit of every doubt, as is the custom of many papal loyalists. John Paul must bear partial responsibility for the catastrophe that has befallen us.
When it comes to priestly pederasty, many American bishops have rejected moral law; thus, Catholic families have been attacked. The pope, alas, has no authority to obstruct the culture of death in the world, but that is not true within the church. Unless he takes dramatic action to restore the church to holiness -- starting with deposing this legion of bad bishops -- his criticism of modern society will ring hollow in the heart of this faithful American Catholic. And that is painful beyond words to say.
This thoughtful and powerful piece is not online today, so do pick up a copy of the Wall Street Journal to read it.