POLITICAL observations & opinions

* why remain Catholic? asks Carl Marziali … LMW suggests … those who are within the church, as priests or lay members, and who wish the Church to be restored to its moral place, must insist on prosecution and imprisonment of all the abusers and all of their enablers. No other solution will work. The place to begin is with those pictured below. If they are still alive, they belong in prison.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 13, 2010

excerpts from Carl Marziali’s column in the Pasadena Star-News (6-13-10)

  • Why remain Catholic?
  • Who wants to belong to a church notorious for abusing minors? This is an embarrassing but real question for many Catholics.
  • Here are my reasons for staying.
    • Because the priests and nuns in my life were positive role models who never laid a finger on me.
      • I realize my good fortune adds insult to the injury of abuse victims.
      • The only difference between us is luck.
    • Because the church has always stood up for the most vulnerable: the elderly, the immigrant, and yes, children.
    • Because the church welcomes the poor instead of asking for tithes, or telling desperate people to pray for “health and wealth,” or finding other ways to blame the poor for their poverty.
    • Because the church is one of the most racially inclusive.
    • Because I agree life starts at conception, though like many Catholics I do not believe it does any good to try to force others to see it that way.
    • Because thanks to lawyers and the media, the church in this country has a huge financial incentive to do the right thing.
  • We hear a lot of contrite talk from Rome.
  • The pragmatist in me fears that the church will treat penance the way abusive priests treated confession: as the enabling step in a cycle of sin, guilt, repentance and more sin.

read the entire column at … http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_15284065

LMW COMMENT …

I appreciate the sincerity of Mr. Marziali’s struggle, and I hope the Church in its actions proves worthy of his obvious devotion. But I don’t think it will.

These were vile crimes committed by priests and covered up by other priests, bishops and the Pope himself. Until these men confess and surrender themselves for prosecution, no amount of prayer can relieve the Church of its sins, both individual and institutional.

Those who are within the church, as priests or lay members, and who wish the Church to be restored to its moral place, must insist on prosecution and imprisonment of all the abusers and all of their enablers. No other solution will work.

The place to begin is with those pictured above. If they are still alive, they belong in prison.

******

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