Fr. Doyle on the Irish abuse report

/ 25 May 2009

I have no words for the depth of sadness and anger I feel whenever I think about the sexual abuse crisis in my church. The recent substantial report out of the Irish Catholic church is one more compelling witness to evil. Fr. Thomas Doyle, a canon lawyer, is much more eloquent than I can be and I applaud and affirm his conclusions:

The Church cannot and will not fix itself. The very reality of the systemic abuse in the Irish institutions (and elsewhere as well) reveals a deep disdain for people by those charged with leading the Church. There has been an abandonment of the fundamental values that are supposed to vivify the Church if indeed these values were ever really internalized by many in positions of power. There is something radically wrong with the institutional Catholic Church. This is painfully obvious because it allows systemic abuse and radical dishonesty to coexist with its self-proclaimed identity as the Kingdom of God on earth.


Catholics have a profound obligation in charity and justice to the countless victims of all forms of abuse. They have an obligation to believers of all kinds everywhere. They must ceaselessly do all that can be done to free the Christian/Catholic community from the toxic control of the clericalized institutional structure so that once more the Church will be identified not with an anachronistic and self-serving monarchy but with the Body of Christ.