New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says one reason some Catholics have left the church is that they’ve been “shocked, saddened and nauseated by the sinful behavior” of some of its members, including clergy.
New York’s archbishop has the measure of many inactive Catholics in the sense of their shock, sadness, and nausea. But he needs to listen a little more carefully to the flock.
He and his brother bishops need to realize that a scandalously high percentage of bishops were part of a conspiracy of cover-up that maintained abuse as it minimized the suffering of victims, the consternation of parents and supporters, and the dismay of loyal Catholics.
Here’s the saddest part: at this point, I think American Catholics would be better off trading every single active bishop, even the good ones, just to get a fresh start. If a possible trade were put in these terms, I suspect that millions of Catholics and thousands of clergy would agree.
Archbishop Dolan, you are almost there! Look a little deeper: you can do it.