Flash! If this same incidence of clergy abuse [mentioned below from the Milwaukee News today] happened with another religious denomination, such as Baptist, Lutheran, Jewish, or what ever, I would publish it too! But what a sorry commentary about something that COULD HAVE BEEN NIPPED IN THE BUD decades ago... Sad. I, personally, believe that the "system" has been flawed from the very start --of priests being commanded to remain celibate ! 1st Timothy, Chapter 4: 1-4 tells it all: "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and the DOCTRINES OF DEVILS, [verse 2] Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron,  FORBIDDING TO MARRY [celibacy], and commanding to abstain from meats [remember no meat on Fridays?], which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and the the truth." I put ALL CAPS on the part I wanted to high light to get my point across.. sorry. My point is [and all other well read/ studied Biblical Christians know] that celibacy is NOT demanded by the Bible. People will always bring up the apostle Paul urging young people to remain unmarried IF THEY CAN-- to serve the Lord more unburdened/ unencumbered with out the stresses of married life -- and that is only logical and smart. If the younger person, man or woman, is NOT inflamed with the 'passion of youth', of course they COULD get a lot more done in the service of the Lord. [However, only men may "TEACH" in the ministry--per the Bible]. That all makes sense.
But the Catholic church [of which I have MANY relatives and friends still in it whom I love and cherish] 'had to lay down that command' so that there could not/ would not be "any line of successors of a Pope, and other things"-- NOT TO MARRY, and there by MIGHT not have a normal/ natural place for their passions, and some albeit a small minority MIGHT be tempted to molest small boys, etc., [not having any normal, legitimate out let for their passions and desires] ...and now they have this huge mill stone about their neck! There are many scandals in other churches/ orgs., but it seems that those who are married ought to be satisfied with the 'normal' way of life and pursuits....IMO. But a few perverts spoil things for the vast majority of 'good' pastors who serve and conduct themselves well. So now what? And the 'overseers', bishops, etc., have only "moved" the disgraced, offending priests/ clergy to OTHER CHURCHES where they continue their shameful conduct even more!! And now the current Pope is left to clean up the nasty mess that has been going on for decades-- along with the loss of much wealth. Sorry. but we want to continue to bury/ sweep this mess under the rug even more??
When a church that represents Christ is exposed and disgraced, and in the public eye-- finally being made to "pay for the cover up of mounted serious sins"-- it casts a bad light upon their clean linen clothing, and brings reproach on the term 'Christian', in my humble opinion. Do they really have the Holy Spirit guiding them? Would they have God's blessing and protection? Are they actually knowledgeable of God's holy Word-- the Bible? Would any real Christian want to continue dropping money in the collections-- because if they do-- they are supporting this great sin of immorality of the offending church and clergy, and taking sides against God and His Holy Bible! These are good questions to ask in view of the 'End Times', Rapture and 2nd coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Please pray and ponder on this.
Jesus is my Lord and Savior-- and Heaven is my Home.
The Milwaukee Archdiocese has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after hundreds of clergy sex abuse lawsuits left the diocese unable to pay its debts. More