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To: NYer
Which of these reasons do you see as most significant?

#11 - The Church didn't frog-march what they knew to be pedophile priests into the waiting arms of Police and State Prosecutors so that they could be tried for sexually molesting young boys and young women. Rather, the Church chose to hide these child molesting pedophile priests by moving them from parish to parish, without so much as thinking about the victims of these heinous crimes.

That's why. It's hard to assign legitimacy to a Church that fails to protect the youngest and most vulnerable, while protecting pedophile priests.

As for the ten problems listed, IMO every church whether Catholic, Protestant, Baptist, Lutheran, etc.. has those problems at one time or another. It's all in how that Church chooses to deal with the problems that keep them relevant (or not.) It's those Church's that change the message that ultimately end up losing. The message doesn't change, the message changes us.

One last comment: I was born, raised, reached communion and confirmation, and was married to my wife of 27 years in the Catholic Church. There are some incredibly good Priests and lay folks within the Church who IMO do God's work. It is a shame that #11 as I stated above continues to hang over the Church. That however is the Church's fault for not embracing the victims, and rather embracing the criminals within for so long.

11 posted on 08/17/2013 4:12:25 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative
The Church's covering up of pedophile priests is, of course, tragic; there is no excuse for their mishandling. However, through it all, the Eucharist never has changed. It has been and always will be (as long as it is consecrated correctly) the Body of Christ. So the devil through fallen priests is (and has been) trying to pull people away from the reception of Jesus, and sadly, there are many who follow him.

As Mother Teresa once said, There will always be problems in the Church, but the faith itself is without flaw.
21 posted on 08/17/2013 5:49:46 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: usconservative
"#11-The Church didn't frog-march what they knew to be pedophile priests into the waiting arms of Police and State Prosecutors so that they could be tried for sexually molesting young boys and young women. Rather, the Church chose to hide these child molesting pedophile priests by moving them from parish to parish without so much as thinking about the victims of these heinous crimes."

I agree with you on #11. And I too am a practicing Catholic.

There are still, to this day, some who have never been brought to justice for what they did i.e. moving pedophiles/covering for them.

182 posted on 08/17/2013 8:40:25 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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