How Clericalism Betrays the Gospel and How to Heal the Church
Dominican Friar and author, Peter Murnane introduces us to his call for reformation of the Catholic church, “Clerical Errors”:
The Catholic church is in serious decline. This book claims that the corruption of the institution derives from various “clerical errors,” especially clericalism, which assumes that clergy are superior and deserve privileges. Clericalism divides the church into two unequal classes, betraying the gospel, which teaches that all people are equal. Clerical privilege makes the sexual abuse of children more likely, and has led most bishops to conceal it.
Clerical Errors begins by examining the trials and acquittal of Cardinal Pell. Was it the jury who made a grave error—or was it the cardinal? Other chapters look at worldwide sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy and traumatic impacts on survivors.
What might have caused this tragedy? The institutional nature of the church? Defective Canon Law? Misuse of the sacrament of Confession? Compulsory celibacy? Homosexuality?
The book’s last, hopeful chapter proposes a radical but simple model for restoring the Christian church.
First, I am not a member of the Catholic church but I have followed Messiah Jesus for more than 50 years
Second, this shocking, well-documented, less-than-graphic detailing of the Child Sex Abuse perpetrated by some clergy, at all levels, and lay members makes my blood boil. So many innocent lives were destroyed and the guilty continued abusing children for decades, in some cases.
While this is a scholarly book complete with lots of footnotes, index and bibliography, all of that can be ignored when reading this book. Those tools are available if you want more information.
I agree with the recommendations the author makes. So much needs to be transformed. Oversight and accountability need to be established and clearly defined. Offenders need to be defrocked and turned over to the secular authorities on the first offense. There must not be a safe haven for pedophiles in any quarter!
The problem of CSA is not limited to the Catholic church or any church, it exists in nearly every large institution involved with children and must be rooted out.
Read this book and become part of the solution.
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