Vatican wilting under weight of public scrutiny
ROME and Maynooth are being called to account by the voices of previously isolated groups around the world. As Pope Benedict deals with the fallout from a tsunami of clerical child sex abuse cases, it is clear that neither the Vatican nor the bishops are coping well with this new manifestation of public opinion.
'People power' is becoming a thorn in the flesh of authority and hierarchy.
Victims' abuse groups and Catholic reforms network groups are using the internet as a new counter-force to challenge the control of the clericalist system. They are calling for overdue accountability and reform in the Catholic Church and are sharing information with one another about grassroots reactions to what is fast becoming the biggest religious crisis since the 16th century Reformation.