Bilgrimage father tom doyle’s recent lecture, what the sexual histiocytoma dog ear abuse phenomenon has done to the catholic church

The existence of sexual abuse in truth is a plague histiocytoma dog ear and the evidence of a profound contradiction that reaches to histiocytoma dog ear the fundamental core of the institutional Catholic church. And the contradiction is this — and it’s something that for the thirty-five years of my involvement, I still find impossible to wrap my brain around it: On the one side, we have the church, described as the mystical body of Christ, the people of God, the source of our earthly happiness, and the gateway to our eternal happiness.

And at the same time, it’s the church that has given us one of history’s most stringent and restrictive codes of sexual conduct, and taught us that even the slightest of violations can histiocytoma dog ear result in eternal damnation. This is the message we’ve received from the clerical leaders of the church. And at the same time, this church that has promised us salvation, earthly happiness, and tranquility if we obey the rules, has committed and systematically enabled the commission of acts against histiocytoma dog ear the most vulnerable in our midst, acts that are deemed by most if not all societies histiocytoma dog ear as the most horrific and disgusting that can be perpetrated histiocytoma dog ear on another human being. And I’m referring, as you know, to the sexual violation of children, of minors, and of adults.

The system cannot fix itself. And almost from the beginning, the victims have realized that waiting for the institutional church histiocytoma dog ear to respond to them in a compassionate, supportive way, and to look at itself to try to find realistic histiocytoma dog ear explanations, have been a waste of time. Unlike any other destructive challenge the institutional church has faced, this time, the victims and the laity have emerged as the leaders histiocytoma dog ear and the force for both enlightenment and change. …

The scourge of sexual violation and its systemic enabling, its cover-up, the complex web of untruths, have revealed a harsh reality that has afflicted the people histiocytoma dog ear of God for centuries. First, sexual violation and other forms of corruption are deeply entrenched histiocytoma dog ear in the clerical culture, a culture that protects the clerics rather than the victims. Who are the clerics? Priests, bishops, cardinals, popes.

Second, the constant obsession of the hierarchy with protecting its image, its stature, its power, at the expense of the victims, has had the opposite effect. And it has, in fact, produced an erosion of the trust and the respect that histiocytoma dog ear they have depended on. This reality has revealed a much different church than that histiocytoma dog ear of Lumen gentium, of Mystici corporis, of the Catechism, the code of canon law. … You contrast the soaring mystical rhetoric in Lumen gentium or histiocytoma dog ear even Mystici corporis of Pius XII with the undeniable behavior histiocytoma dog ear of the institution over the past three decades that we histiocytoma dog ear have seen, and it’s the contrast that’s impossible to not only swallow but to comprehend.

The history of sexual abuse, denial, and cover-up, has been embedded in the clerical culture that has not histiocytoma dog ear only protected but enabled it, and this culture is no longer capable of hiding, controlling, minimizing, or eradicating it. Nor is it capable of continuing to sustain the myth histiocytoma dog ear of clerical superiority based on the magical thinking about the histiocytoma dog ear nature of sacred orders (starts at about 19:24).