An odd choice for sex abuse inquiries
Sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church is really big news this week, largely due to the start of a Cambridge, Massachusetts, trial of former priest John Geoghan and the Vatican's new rules on how to deal with such cases. "The Boston scandal is bringing out every left-wing Catholic malcontent and dissenter, who will attempt to associate their causeswomen's ordination, abortion rights, and the likewith the case against the Boston hierarchy," writes Rod Dreher in National Review Online. But conservatives are so angry about the church's inaction that they're letting the Catholic leadership stew. "The Catholic League is not the Church's water boy," says the organization's chief, Bill Donohue. "We are here to defend the Church from the kind of scurrilous attacks that have become all too frequent in our society. But we will never defend the indefensible."
In Britain, however, the Roman Catholic Church has brought on an interesting choice to head the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adultssomeone who's not sure she believes in God. "I think the value of the fact that I am not a Catholic lies in the transparency of my independence from the church," says Eileen Shearer. "I feel I understand the Christian ethos and I think that both my personal and professional values are consistent with Christianity, although I am not a practicing Christian."
Weblog is short of time today, so there's not much commentary. But some of the stories below are very important. Be sure to check them out.
- Pakistan makes electoral reforms | "Religious apartheid" system scrapped; non-Muslims get same voting privileges as Muslims (Associated Press)
- Earlier: Pakistani Christians Fight Against 'Apartheid' in Election System | Under rule, citizens cannot vote for candidates outside their own religious affiliation. (Christianity Today, Aug. 3, 2001)