Pope Benedict XVI is under increasing pressure to directly address the sex scandals rocking the Catholic Church worldwide. Questions have been raised about the actions of Benedict while he was archbishop of Munich. The latest reports from Europe are from Italy, where three men say they were abused as boys at a Catholic school for the deaf. “To the Point,” a news program on KCRW-FM (89.9), posed these questions: Is this a smear campaign, as the Vatican claims, or is it time for the pope to explain his actions, in the interests of restoring his dwindling credibility?
What do you think?
The pope should most especially be a protector of children’s innocence. But more to the point, the pope, and the church, in all its denominations, needs a far greater understanding of the dangerous ground that clergy live on, where some boundaries are lifted and others are blurred, and the rules are far too fluid. We don’t understand half of what we’re up against, but it’s time we try harder to do so.