or the Catholic Church, it is Easter itself that is the ultimate answer to the horrors of digging up the cases of sexual abuse of children that happened within the Church over the last few generations. I don't think that that's understood in many of the news articles, where there seems to be a desire to hold Benedict XVI accountable even for events that occurred on the other side of the world when he was a 20-something graduate student. In a sense, of course he's accountable as the leader of the community left with the wounds; that he's accountable as some kind of inheritor of the actual criminal's guilt is irrational, and certainly not helping solve anything.
What bothers me the most is that I still see hardly the least bit of consciousness of truly dealing with the actual scope of the sexual abuse of children, where only a comparatively miniscule number of cases actually were connected to the Church. For all the way people are acting like this is an exclusive problem of the Catholic Church, I suspect that in the long run, the Church's experience of dealing with this is going to be a critical aid when (of if
, to be pessimistic) people are finally willing to start trying to hold the rest of our culture accountable for its sexualizing of children.
Easter was much happier with my family.
Lots more articles covering things from April 1st to April 4th. Resurrection and redemption as the church copes at EasterArchbishop Andre Vingt-Trois, "a smear campaign designed to smear the Pope"Vatican's Easter Mass infused with defense of popePope's immunity could be challenged in BritainEaster Support for Pope, and Some ApologiesCatholic Hierarchy Rallies Around Pope on EasterAnglican Archbishop Rebukes Irish ChurchBetrayals of Trust at Easter TimePope's personal preacher offers defense of pontiff( Collapse )