"Lots of news about sex and money lately. First an international financier is alleged to have raped a hotel maid. Then the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops blames societal changes for sixty years of creeps run rampant. Same story, different emphasis...But most women (and, by extension, children) are not “useful” to too many of the rich and powerful men who control money and who control sacraments. "
Bridget Mary's Reflection
Excellent analysis by Phyllis Zagano who sums up what many commentators have said all along about the Catholic Church's global sex abuse crisis-- its about abuse of power. Now more than ever, the church needs genuine reform of clericalism and it needs the wisdom of the people of God, especially women to hold the institutional church accountable for crimes against youth and to foster a more open, participatory, responsible, community of faith. In my view, this would certainly include a married priesthood and women priests as part of a renewed priestly ministry in a community of equals. We need a new Pentecost in the Catholic Church where the diverse gifts of the baptized are affirmed and fully utilized in inclusive communities in service to the Body of Christ!
Bridget Mary Meehan, RCWP