Benedict evidently judged that only by forthrightly engaging the scandal in his own person could he write that “semicolon” and add those subordinate clauses that situate the scandal of priestly abuse into a wider context.Read the complete article
He spoke of the need for the Church to teach more clearly Catholic doctrine, especially in regard to human sexuality, and the obligation of bishops to conduct themselves more as pastors and evangelists than administrators or managers; and he encouraged Catholics to challenge the culture of licentiousness in which sexual exploitation flourishes.
Fourth, Benedict is at heart a teacher. He knows how to take advantage of a teaching moment.
If there exists a legitimate preoccupation with grave priestly scandals, he thinks it opportune to speak of that in the language of grace and sin, wickedness and healing, justice and reconciliation, purification and holiness — moving beyond the secular language of law, liability and safety.
Indeed, a close examination of the several phrasings Benedict used on this trip manifests a determined attempt to speak of the scandal precisely in light of the Christian belief that no suffering, no matter how grave, is beyond the capacity of grace to heal.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
A Semi-colon on the Scandal
~by Fr. Raymond D'Souza in Nat'l Catholic Register