This post is by Jim Horton from Online Public Relations Thoughts
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What moral authority can a church claim with stories like this? The Roman Catholic hierarchy is in crisis not only in the US but worldwide for failing to control and dismiss priests who abuse children. The hypocrisy screams for justice to be done, for bishops and cardinals to be cashiered, for apologies from the pope himself. The Church has been hit time and again in the last few years with sexual abuse allegations, but the Pennsylvania grand jury report is the the first comprehensive look at what priestly predators have done over 70 years. It's ugly and hard to believe, especially since bishops passed the abusers from parish to parish rather than dismissing them from the ministry. What can the Church say credibly now about moral issues? It is just like the rest of men, only worse.