Monday, March 10, 2003

The problem is pedophilia, not liberalism. John Farrell has posted a longish and impassioned critique of conservative Catholics such as Richard John Neuhaus, whose recent essay in First Things, according to Farrell, evinces more interest in attacking Church liberals than rooting out child molesters. Farrell writes:

I'm not a liberal ... [but] I am alarmed by the apparent strategy on the part of critics like Father Neuhaus to go after doctrinally lax clergymen in print when what he and other writers need to be doing is reminding the bishops and administrators in the Church in this country that they need to operate less like corporate bankers and more like the preservers of the Gospel Jesus Christ meant them to be.

The Catholic hierarchy's inability to understand what the problem is continues to astound.

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