unlike most of those writing about "the scandal", David Warren believes in God, and summarizes the problem: and ponders what the response should be.
uh, pray? But that implies there is a God, and that God is in control.
read the whole thing (which is subtle, not a political screed).
update: From PJMedia: if you think things are bad, well, just remember the 14th century. Includes this reminder:
...the Church had been infiltrated for centuries with power-hungry frauds (much like what infiltrates us today in the form of con-artist televangelists and pedophile priests).
Thank God there were faithful men and women of integrity and industry who truly helped their fellow man, but it's easy to remember the power hungry and oftentimes immoral people at the top. It's easy to forget the pious people at the bottom who faithfully lived out the truth of God in spite of the corruption around them.
Yes, evil gets the headlines, but the ordinary good folks are the reason that the world doesn't end.
at the worst of times, there are good priests: or as Chaucer noted:
He was a shepherd and not mercenary. And holy though he was, and virtuous, To sinners he was not impiteous, Nor haughty in his speech, nor too divine, But in all teaching courteous and benign. To lead folk into Heaven by means of gentleness By good example was his business. But if some sinful one proved obstinate, Whoever, of high or low financial state, He put to sharp rebuke, to say the least. I think there never was a better priest. He had no thirst for pomp or ceremony, Nor spiced his conscience and morality, But Christ's own law, and His apostles' twelve He taught, but first he followed it himselve.