George A. Sprecace M.D., J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London, P.C.
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WHAT'S WRONG...AND RIGHT...WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH #217


Rapid Response for SUNDAY, September 9, 2018

MORE ON THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY.
An article, published on August 23, 2018 in  Psychology Today by Thomas G. Plante, PhD. was provided to parishioners on the weekend of September 8-9, 2018. It's title:
"Separating Facts about Clergy Abuse From Fiction: Quality Research Data And Industry Best Practices Will Solve Clerical Abuse".
Well, not exactly.
What we have are Facts, and new Facts, not misinformation.
What we are dealing with is human beings, human psychology - and not just statistics.
The Catholic Clergy has Always been held to a higher standard, not to comparisons with other groups. And this has existed before 2002, and not just since pubic discovery. And that higher standard has Always included "best practices", not just since pubic discovery.
"Crime and Punishment". Actions have Consequences. Then correction and rehabilitation.
Engineers talk of the "Accident Cascade", where untoward events are most often preceded by a cascade of prior untoward events leading directly to the event in question. Here we Must talk about a culture of silence, about celibacy and homosexuality, about a male - female clergy, the latter of which could provide a salutary stabilizing force for males as in the laity, about the sanctity and self-determination of marriage, and about the abomination of abortion. These are all of a piece with the problem at hand.
And they must all be dealt with Now, and by this Pope.

GS


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