Rapid Response for SUNDAY, September 9,
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.
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.
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
And they must all be dealt with Now, and by this Pope.