Saturday, April 17, 2010

Speaking, Revealing, Changing

In her latest WSJ column, Peggy Noonan provides Catholics with some important food for thought:

... Once, leaders of the Vatican felt that silence would protect the church. But now anyone who cares about it must come to understand that only speaking, revealing, admitting and changing will save the church.

The old Vatican needs new blood.

They need to let younger generations of priests and nuns rise to positions of authority within a new church. Most especially and most immediately, they need to elevate women. As a nun said to me this week, if a woman had been sitting beside a bishop transferring a priest with a history of abuse, she would have said: "Hey, wait a minute!"

If the media and the victims don't keep the pressure on, the old ways will continue. ...

The image above of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican is by Greg. That night, the lights were on in the papal apartments.

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