Among the stories that I hate to offer comments about are those dealing with sexual abuse on the part of members of a clergy. I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family which emphasized that those men who devote their lives to religion are somehow set apart from the rest of us in possessing a holy spirit. I find stories concerning abuse by members of the Catholic Church difficult to believe even though I know they are true. My knowledge of priests initially came from the movies with Bing Crosby playing the priest and he was such a nice guy. Unfortunately, there is reality which portrays differing pictures regarding the holiness of priests. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a blistering demand to the Vatican. It demanded that the Pope “immediately remove all known and suspected child abusers from assignments, and turn the matter to the relevant law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution.”
That is as blunt as any group can get when making a point. It was furious that Vatican officials have “not acknowledged the extent of crimes committed.” Fair enough demand. No, not ‘fair enough,” a demand that must be obeyed. Pope Francis has done more than prior church leaders to address this issue and he should be provided sufficient time to clean up the mess. If anyone can do it, he can.