Monday, September 1, 2008

Scandal and the Church

Q: I am really struggling with this sex scandal the Church is facing. Why has the Church been so secretive about the issue? If the Catholic Church is the one true church, then how could this happen?

A: The sex scandal in the Church is hard for all of us Catholics to understand. The thing to remember is that before anything else, priests are human and have free will. We are all capable of falling into sin, even priests. The church leadership should have been open about it, so that the problem could be properly addressed. But they kept it secret out of fear. Even though this isn’t an excuse for what has happened it is something that we should keep in mind. We should all be praying for our priests and other religious so that they will be strong and follow God’s guidance.

Christ said, “on this rock I will build my church and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.” (Mt. 16:18) One sign that the Catholic Church is the one true church is that even horrible scandals such as this have not prevailed.