Necessary steps of confession
Q: Pope Benedict XVI's efforts to deal with the Church's sex scandal raises this question: Can a leader hold managers to account on an issue where his own past performance is in question?
It's imperative that the Pope act quickly, decisively and comprehensively. That means admitting that the Church, at all levels, failed to meet its responsibilities.
The possibility of his own inadequate handling of the sex-abuse allegations adds a dimension of urgency because any response that falls short of the necessary trio -- prompt admission, genuine remorse, commitment to correction -- will add fuel to the growing belief that the Church is more interested in preserving its own authority, and in protecting the Pope, than in dealing honestly with its failings.
The Church has no authority other than moral authority; if it permits its moral authority to erode by an unwillingness to admit its errors and undertake reform, it will have no authority at all and ever-fewer adherents.
Posted by: WMM428 | March 30, 2010 12:27 PM
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