Thursday, November 14, 2002

Miscellaneous responses to miscellaneous comments:

Honestly, 53 million doesn't seem to me to be an inordinate amount with which to run the Church in the United States. My post below was...a joke.

When I said below that a sexual attraction to minors was something..different than "just sin," I wasn't saying that sin wasn't serious, nor was I saying that this proclivity was something other than sin. It is sin, of course. But what we have to wrestle with is this: priests aren't perfect. Priests sin. Like all of us, they have their particular areas of temptation: sloth, greed, name it. Priests go there, just like the rest of us. But I don't think any of us would say that a priest struggling with temptation in that way is unfit for ministry. Many who defend the continuing presence of predatory priests in ministry do so on the grounds of forgiveness, repentance and our common sinfulness. I was simply trying to point out that there is something else in this particular temptation that is different in some way than those other types of temptations.

Finally, I want to make clear that when I said "forget the bishops" I didn't mean reject the bishops. I meant - let's stop worrying about what the bishops have done, because - well, it's done. Let's worry about how our bishops are implementing this policy, but most importantly, let's turn our attention to what we can do to build up the Body of Christ, no matter what the bishops do.

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