It’s time for us to stop scapegoating the Catholic Church
Whenever I visit Ireland, I am immediately aware of the innate goodness and respect for others that defines the Irish character. What saddens me, however, is the understandable but unforgiving attitude to the Catholic Church, making it the scapegoat on which to pile the evils of the land.
In the face of persistent, unjust vilification, there are many dedicated, innocent priests and religious who soldier on, supporting and encouraging those to whom they minister.
Of course, the institution of the church has let people down in the deeply flawed way that the clerical abuse scandal was handled by the bishops, who saw themselves as guardians of an institution rather than leaders of people.