I’ve been thinking a lot about my religious Catholic friends and family over the last several months of stories of new sex abuse scandals coming out. While most of the scandals aren’t new, the level of involvement in the Church, up to the very top, in covering them up, has been deeply concerning. It’s not surprising to see this story out of the Wall Street Journal this week, though I fear what it could mean not just for the Catholic Church, but also our society and civilization on the whole. The Journal reports,
More than a third of U.S. Catholics say the sexual abuse crisis rocking the Catholic Church has made them consider leaving the church, significantly more than when the last major scandal erupted, according to new research conducted by Gallup.
As a parent, this is a question I struggle with: How does one raise a child with a deep sense of faith in God and a religious community (which are both proven to be so beneficial for their emotional development) yet at the same time, keep them physically safe from predators? It’s clear that the Church has a lot of work to do to convince parents that their kids are safe unsupervised, so how does that work in a communal setting? How can parents raise their kids Catholic if they are (justifiably) worried about their physical safety?Published in