I don’t want to sound preachy but I want to be very clear that I’m not endorsing any particular type of priest.
I’ve seen a lot of priests who are great and talented and who have a lot to offer, and that’s okay.
I have nothing but great things to say about them.
I don`t want to speak for the priests, but I think we can all agree that we can do better than this.
The fact that we`ve been talking about it as if it were a problem and as if priests were somehow at fault is an affront to what we have been taught.
It’s time to move past this debate and begin to make some changes.
I think there is something wrong with this church that is beyond repair.
I`m a priest and a Catholic myself, but it doesn`t make sense to me that we have priests who have no sense of honor and dignity, who do not respect women, who have to be held accountable for their conduct.
I am appalled that in our nation today, a church that prays to God on Sundays and the celebration of Christmas, that we still have to deal with this.
That`s why I am not endorsing anyone who has been accused of these crimes.
It should be a matter of public record that priests commit these crimes, and the Catholic Church should prosecute and bring to justice those who commit them.
It shouldn`t matter who they are.
It`s about justice.
It doesn`s not about a man who was accused of molesting children, a man whose actions caused him to be branded a predator.
That is not the nature of priests.
I would like to hear more about this church.
What happens when they`re not doing what they`ve promised to do?
It is a very complex problem and it is a problem that we need to address, but there is no question that this church is failing its members.
The church has become a culture of abuse and coverups.
There is no place for this in a secular society.
We need to change the culture and that means more priests who don`s have to lie and cheat, more women who can speak up and speak out.
There should be an end to the way priests are taught in the faith.
We should be doing more to encourage them to speak out and hold priests accountable.
I hope that in the coming months, the church will come to terms with the damage they have done to the culture.
The bishops will have a chance to heal this culture and then we will move on.