Given what’s going on in the Church with the clergy sexual abuse scandal, Cardinal McCarrick, and the mounting evidence of its calculated and ongoing coverup by top Vatican officials, including Pope Francis, it’s easy to be more than simply disappointed.
Clergy Sexual Abuse
The deplorable, criminal actions of some bishops and priests may tempt us to say to Christ, “I’m still your follower but I’ve had enough of the corruption in the Church. I’m leaving.” However, there’s a serious problem with that attitude.
This will be a time of judgment and purification for the Church. I firmly believe that good will come of it—although the Church will suffer severe scars for decades. I have no doubt that the sexual abuse crisis will drive countless Catholics from the Church and prevent countless other people from entering into full communion with her. That in itself is cause for great sorrow.