I and my three brothers were altar boys in our parish over a period of about 12 years. There were probably a hundred other boys over the years as well. There was never ONE SINGLE incident of abuse or anything thing that would be remotely contstrued as sexual in nature by the founding pastor or any of the many associate priests who came and went.<quoted text>I don't know anything about the Crystal Cathedral sale to the RCC,and I cannot speculate about it.But the biggest problem is that no matter what can be said in either exposing more of what has happened in the CC concerning child molestation.OR the fact that an organization is confessing and trying to do all it can to end the scandal.
Either way,the results of what is either to be unleashed imformation,or the burden of dealing with an internal malady within the system,The CC can only mover forward and deal with each thing as it unravels. The cheap attacks of people against the CC on a constant basis,is no longer desire to see justice served,but to destroy the organization,which cannot succumb to that barage,because of what it is basically founded on to begin with.
That is the organization is too big and complexed to tear it down with blind attacks about the moral fiber of the whole organization at large.
The scandall has been addressed and faced head on by not only the Catholic Church but all of Christianity.We all know and understand that once sin is exposed,it loses its power over human beings.The Catholic Church knows that it has to face up to whatever has been surfaced concerning some of its priests,and the same applies to every facet of Christianity.
That actually does not stop the predator,as he is driven by sexual passion,and a boy or girl is still at risk,if such a perpetrator exists in the church even now.Do we blame the whole organization for that one person?
Who knows who he is until he strikes? When he is found out,the Church now is going to act accordingly,we have to give them the time and space now to comply with dealing heavily with that offender. In other words,Sin has been exposed on a grand scale,NOW the church can work with God in disposing of it within the Sanctuary.We Christians must allow those perpetrators to be incarcerated and punished by law as well.
Dan, you more than anyone on this board has the right to be angry, but your charity really shines forth on this issue. All I can say is how sorry I am for what you endured and I'm glad you have found peace. Fortunately the Church has made HUGE strides in eliminating this scourge and getting rid of the "filth" as Pope Benedict called them, as is evident by the last number I saw, about 7 credible accustions in 2011, out of over 40,000 priests.