Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pope Apologizes for Sexual Misconduct

Saturday a letter, written by Pope Benedict XVI, was sent to Irish Catholics apologizing for the sexual misconduct of the Catholic clergy that occurred in their country.

However, it seems not all Catholics in Ireland are satisfied with the letter.

While some of them are calling it the first step toward closure in the matter, others are saying that it did not go far enough. One of the victims actually even went so far as to ask for the Pope to resign.

Personally, I think it is a good thing that the Pope did recognize and apologize for these atrocities committed by the Church's priests and bishops. However, I think that since these members of the clergy did commit criminal acts, they should not be allowed to escape prosecution by civil authorities. And I certainly do not think that the Pope should resign.

On the matter of the priests themselves, even though I think they should be prosecuted for what they did, we need to keep in mind that Catholic or not, people of the clergy are not God. They are not Jesus. They are men. They make mistakes. They sin just like the rest of us do. Just because they have chosen to spend the rest of their lives in the service of Christ, does not mean they are perfect. This by no means, of course, means I am condoning their actions. I guess what I am just trying to say is that nobody, even the Pope, is perfect.

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