Thursday, October 4, 2018

Catholic Church Scandals (Excommunication of women priests needs to be corrected) by Susan Talana Harris, Orlando Sentinel

Catholic Church scandals- Though the news wasn't "new," I was still shocked, angered and dismayed to learn that "… at least 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014" in Germany ("German bishop apologizes for thousands of sex abuse cases," Orlando Sentinel, Sept. 26).

Again, I ask, How could those who were supposed to represent Christ commit such heinous crimes — not only in Germany, but also in the U.S. and other countries? Of course, this world is only a testing place, and even those who are supposed to represent Christ have the free will to commit evil. I take consolation in the fact that the majority of priests are faithful to God, and, I trust, measures have been taken to prevent even one child from being abused.
As painful as the pedophilia scandal is, I believe there is another scandal in the Catholic Church that needs to be corrected: the excommunication of women who want to serve the Lord the best way they can as priests — in particular, the members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.
Why are women who only want to serve God as good priests being excommunicated?
I hope and pray that these two scandals will end. I hope and pray that women will soon be ordained as priests in my beloved Catholic Church.
Susan Talana Harris Orlando

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