All the news I wish to print

There are all kinds of stories out there. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry. Some will make you shrug, some will make you scream. Read any daily paper or listen to any newscast and your emotions can go from happy to sad to disbelief to fear to incredulity to horror to anger in very short order.
As we go along, there will be stories, as Paul Harvey used to say, to "wash your ears out with." There will be others that will make you feel like you need to be deloused simply by virtue of have in heard or read them. Some posts will be religious, some secular and for some I expect will defy easy classification in either category. I hope you will join me in this journey and pleas feel free to comment along the way.
For my part I pledge not to remove any posts unless they are vulgar, libelous, threatening or otherwise in violation of the standards of civil discussion. I will not remove any post simply because I disagree with it but I will reserve the right to respond to any challenges that come my way.
God bless you and welome to my blog.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Trial by accusation

It is certainly understandable that the Church would act with great haste to remove anyone from active ministry who has been accused of sexual impropriety. It may not seem entirely fair in light of the possibility-indeed the probability in our hyper-litigious society-that such an accusation may be totally unfounded, unsubstantiated and without merit, it is still preferable to game of musical parishes that was being played with truly abusive and pedophile priests in the not so distant past. What is truly a scandal today, however, is that accusation has become tantamount to conviction and suspension has become just a euphemism for permanent exile.
As tragic as Father Corapi's situation is perhaps the very public nature of this process and the refusal of Father Corapi to simply fade away into obscurity may serve as the impetus to at least begin to address the cases of those priests consigned to a living limbo based in accusations that may or may not be grounded in fact.
Father Corapi's response to the "fact finding" committee's press release that was made public yesterday can be found here.

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