In today’s WaPo, we find an account of the pope’s visit to Germany.
He told reporters on the plane that there needs to be an examination of why people have been leaving the church recently, and the part that the abuse scandals played in the phenomenon.
Well, let’s see… How about increasing irrelevance in a world that has largely moved beyond the 13th century? No? What about ridiculous and dogmatic stances on contraception and homosexuality? Perhaps monsieur would like to see something in our “hypocrisy of speaking out against greed while living in a golden palace” line, or view the “spreading AIDS in Africa by pooh-poohing condoms” collection?
Oh, wait. He said something about some scandals:
“I can understand that some people have been scandalized by the crimes that have been revealed in recent times,” he said.
What? Seriously? “some people”?
He really doesn’t get it, does he?
What I want to know is, why is anyone not scandalized by the church’s crimes? Why is anyone still a member of an organization that for decades, possibly centuries, covered up child rape as a matter of policy?