The latest exposure of the culture of abuse and cover up within the church is appalling. The Catholic community is angry and embarrassed. Anger is one reaction. But there is another aspect to this which is more wrenching and more painful. It is the sense of betrayal. Betrayal cuts to the heart. It destroys relationship, fosters alienation, and leaves scars. It undermines belief. Those who were trusted are not what they were esteemed to be. Silence was chosen in the face of evil. In protecting the institution they wounded the community in its most vulnerable members. The breach is deep and judgments can be harsh. Even those who are innocent are tainted by suspicion. Accountability is required. Only honesty and meaningful personal actions from those responsible can touch the edge of the divide.
Christ have mercy.
Speak out. Be careful not to merge the innocent with the guilty. Require accountable action.
And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
The church must come to terms with the sins of its past and reform itself so thoroughly that they will never be repeated in the future.
Rev. James Martin
This is a cataclysmic moment. It has been too long coming. It is internally necessary.
The clock is ticking for all of us in Church leadership. Catholics have lost patience with us and civil society has lost confidence in us.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley
As a body of bishops, we are shamed by and sorry for the sins and omissions by Catholic priests and Catholic bishops.
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President USCCB
Now more than ever, we — the laity — need to speak with a united voice. We must turn our anger into resolve.
National Catholic Reporter