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It's Time for the Roman Catholic Church to Show the World What Penitence is

It's Time for the Roman Catholic Church to Show the World What Penitence is

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Published by Jane Gilgun
I thought I had heard the worst of it, but, no, a Roman Catholic bishop in Canada just went to prison for child pornography.This article acknowledges that most clergy live exemplary lives, but I also point out that the church has protected thousands of child molesters and overlooked the terrible harm these priests have caused. I suggest that the Roman Catholic Church become a world-wide model of penitence. The hierarchy of this church can take three steps: 1) an examination of conscience, 2) reform based on this examination of conscience, and 3) develop a doctrine of skepticism toward our relationships with God. If the Roman Catholic administrators do not want to do this, then I hope that people throughout the world do internet-based surveys of survivors of priest abuse. If the administrators won't do what needs to be done, then maybe other people who hold values of justice and care will.
I thought I had heard the worst of it, but, no, a Roman Catholic bishop in Canada just went to prison for child pornography.This article acknowledges that most clergy live exemplary lives, but I also point out that the church has protected thousands of child molesters and overlooked the terrible harm these priests have caused. I suggest that the Roman Catholic Church become a world-wide model of penitence. The hierarchy of this church can take three steps: 1) an examination of conscience, 2) reform based on this examination of conscience, and 3) develop a doctrine of skepticism toward our relationships with God. If the Roman Catholic administrators do not want to do this, then I hope that people throughout the world do internet-based surveys of survivors of priest abuse. If the administrators won't do what needs to be done, then maybe other people who hold values of justice and care will.

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Special issue to suggest world-wide penitence in the Roman Catholic Church
Roots of Violence, Seeds of Change
 An Occasional Publication for Persons Interested in Violence Prevention  In order to prevent violence, we have to understand it
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Volume 2, Number 2 May 5, 2011  ______________________________________________________________________________
 It’s Time for the Roman Catholic Church to Show the World what Penitence is
By Jane Gilgun
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