Questions for Catholics

Dwight A. Moody
August 16, 2018

 

The news out of Pennsylvania makes me very sad and also angry: three hundred priests and bishops abusing more than a thousand children camouflaged by decades of deceit. The roll call of perpetrators named people I know, and the regions affected were those in which I once ministered as a gospel preacher.

 

In a sense, it is not news anymore. Milwaukee and Boston, among others, have been through this; and more recently, Argentina has been in the cross-hairs of critics and criminal investigators. Even as we listen to the stern words of the prosecutor and the shallow responses of the bishops, we cynically wonder: who’s next, and when, and where?

 

As one person who has grown to love so much about the Roman Catholic Church and admire so many who lead and serve in its ministry; as a person who has studied in their schools and slept in their houses, who has prayed with their priests and learned from their scholars, who has read their books and worshiped in their sanctuaries; as a person who has admired their bishop and loved their people, I can only ask these questions?

 

Isn’t it time for the Roman Catholic Church to do something to address this world-wide epidemic of wickedness?

 

Isn’t it time the Roman Catholic Church rejected the defense that these practices are abnormalities and confessed them as systemic elements of their religious system?

 

Isn’t it time the Roman Catholic Church followed the lead of secular governments and adopted non-profit versions of the sunshine laws, embracing transparency as the gospel imperative of our day?

 

Isn’t it time the Roman Catholic Church turned their back on the Dark Ages practice of ordaining only celibate men to represent the Savior and serve the people?

 

Isn’t it time the Roman Catholic Church did SOMETHING to address these crimes other than drain their treasuries and delete the names of guilty clergy?

 

Isn’t it time for the uber-popular Pope of Rome to do something genuinely revolutionary, something that puts the well-being of the sheep before the survival of the shepherd?

 

Isn’t it time to value the children of the world—red and yellow, black and white—more than all the policies and procedures heretofore deemed so essential to the Catholic experience?

 

Or perhaps it is time to address the questions to others.

 

Isn’t it time the Attorney General of the United States unleashed his professionals for a nation-wide investigation of every diocese of the Roman Catholic Church?

 

Or this: Isn’t it time for all Christians, for us, to demand that these our brothers and sisters do something that demonstrates the converting, cleansing power of Jesus the Lord?

 

Isn’t it time to do something? For God’s sake, for the sake of the children, for the sake of the world!