What exactly is church for today?
Published 23/03/2010 | 08:29
SUPPOSE you sign up for a seminar at which some supposed entrepreneur takes to the podium to advise you on how to succeed in business. If you were then to discover that his own business ventures had ended in failure and that he had lost hundreds of thousands of euro in investors' money, you would probably walk out and ask for your money back.
In light of recent and ongoing revelations of abuse and corruption in the Catholic Church, how can the clergy expect us to take them seriously as moral or spiritual leaders in our communities?
Cardinal Sean Brady may well be a decent man. But by his own admission, when he was made aware of the sexual abuse of young children by a pervert priest he knowingly covered it up, leading to similar abuse and suffering for other children. How can Brady call himself a Christian, let alone hold one of the highest offices in the largest Christian organisation in this country?